Mengliu CHENG

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Ph.D. Student

I am interested in Chinese modernization and transnational/transpacific interactions in the early twentieth century, focusing on technology, medicine, and religions. I am currently working on a project that discusses American Protestant Missions and Chinese agricultural modernization in the early Republic period; it examines how the evangelists’ modernizing program challenged not only native ways of farming but also the traditional pattern of knowledge dissemination. I am also interested in transnational flows of culture, especially those embodied in translations, travel literature, and advertising.


M.A., Duke University (2018)

B.A., Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (2016)

Research Interests

History of Science and Medicine, Early twentieth Century U.S. and East Asia, Transnational History, Agricultural Modernization, Religions, Translation