Marten Soderblom Saarela
My research interests include the history of scholarship in the Qing empire (1644–1911). I'm working on a dissertation on lexicography and phonology in China's long eighteenth century, looking primarily at Manchu dictionaries and Manchu-inspired theoretical treatises on language.
Before coming to Princeton, I studied first in Paris, but transferred to Stockholm and eventually received a B.A. in French with a minor in Chinese from Stockholm University. I then went to China where I worked, studied at Tongji University in Shanghai, and traveled for close to two years. After receiving an M.A. in Sinology from the School of Oriental and African Studies (London), I spent one year studying Korean, first for one semester at my Swedish alma mater and then for five months at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul.