Gu Songjie is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the School of History and Culture, Minzu University of China. Born in Xinjiang Province, she obtained her B.A. in Manchu Literacy and History (2004) and her M.A. in History (2007), both from Minzu University of China. Her M.A. thesis looked at garrisons of the Eight Banners of Huncun in the Qing Dynasty. Her Ph.D. dissertation, which she plans to complete during her stay at HYI, also looks at this subject.