Mátyás Mervay

Lecturer in East Asian Studies
201B Jones Hall

Mátyás Mervay is a Lecturer at Princeton University starting in Spring 2024. He is currently a Ph.D. Candidate at New York University’s History Department. His dissertation “Habsburg Refugees in China: Postimperial Diaspora, Diplomacy, and Orientalism in the Republican Era (1918-1949)” focuses on displacement, humanitarian assistance, and diaspora formation in a twentieth-century Sino-Central European foreign relations context, drawing on multilingual sources from three continents. He received his B.A. in History at ELTE (Budapest, Hungary) and his Master’s degree at Nankai University (Tianjin, China), where he majored in Modern and Contemporary Chinese History.

Before joining Princeton, Mátyás taught several Asian history courses at New York and Adelphi Universities and is currently teaching modern East Asian history at Yeshiva University. In addition to being an academic and an educator, Mátyás also considers himself a public scholar, regularly contributing to the European and North American media on Sino-Central European relations. He’s currently working on an English translation of his non-fiction book about Shanghai’s Hungarian rescuer of World War Two Jewish refugees that he recently published in Budapest.


Ph.D. in East Asian and Modern European History, New York University
M.A. in Modern and Contemporary Chinese History, Nankai University (Tianjin, China)
B.A. in History, ELTE University (Budapest, Hungary)