Menglu Gao

Menglu Gao

Assistant Professor

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What I do

Assistant Professor of Victorian Literature

Professional Biography

Menglu Gao specializes in nineteenth-century British and Anglophone literature, with research interests in medical humanities, empire studies, comparative literature, environmental humanities, and critical theory. Her current book project, Addictive Forms: Opium, Physiology, and the Stimulable Empire in the Nineteenth Century, examines how medical theories relevant to opium use and addiction provided new ways for nineteenth-century authors to imagine imperial forms in a global society, especially in the context of Britain’s clash with the declining Sinocentric system.


  • Ph.D., Comparative Literary Studies (Home Department: English), Northwestern University, 2021


  • Outstanding PhD Thesis Award, Society for Global Nineteenth-Century Studies
  • Walter L. Arnstein Prize for Dissertation Research in Victorian Studies