Dr. Karl J. Schmidt is associate professor of history and international studies at Missouri Southern State College, where his teaching specialties include the history of India and China, as well as 20th century world history. He is director of Project South Asia, an Internet-based digital teaching library being developed at Missouri Southern with the aid of grants from the National Security Education Program (a unit of the National Defense University) and the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation of New York.
Beginning with dissertation research in the fall of 1992, Dr. Schmidt has visited India five times. In addition to articles and reviews about Indian topics, he is the author of An Atlas and Survey of South Asian History (M.E. Sharpe, 1995), a text-based historical atlas, and "An anomaly among anomalies": India, the League of Nations and the Politics of Empire, 1919-1939 (forthcoming, Vedams: New Delhi, 2003). His current research involves the development of medieval defensive fortifications in southern India and their impact on society and economy.
Seeing a need for students at Missouri Southern to experience India first-hand, in 1999 Dr. Schmidt created the Southern-in-India program, a seven-week summer study abroad program hosted by the University of Hyderabad. The program consists of intensive on-campus study in Hyderabad, followed by a week-long cultural tour of India.
Since moving to Joplin in 1994, Dr. Schmidt has been a frequent speaker about India for many local civic groups. He is also a trustee of the American Institute of Indian Studies, of which Missouri Southern is a member. Dr. Schmidt holds a B.A. in geography from the University of South Florida (1985) and an M.A. in international affairs and Ph.D. in history from Florida State University (1987 and 1994, respectively).