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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

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Start date : 
October, 2018
Thesis Topic: 
Gifts from Afar: The Creation of an Imperial Lapdog in Tang-Song China
Research Summary: 
Kelsey Granger is a medieval Chinese and Silk Road historian with a particular interest in the material culture of the Silk Roads. She is currently preparing her doctoral thesis on the phenomenon of lapdog-keeping in Tang-Song China, combining the disciplines of animal studies with social history. Prior to her PhD, she studied for her BA in Chinese Studies at Cambridge with a focus on the political ascendancy of Wu Zetian and completed an MA in Sinology at SOAS with a thesis centred on medieval Chinese perspectives on intercultural marriage.
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Kelsey's CV and publications are available at:

Her current publications include:

Hill, Nathan, Jan Nattier, Kelsey Granger, and Florian Kollmeier. "Chinese transcriptions of Indic terms in the translations of Ān Shìgāo 安世高 and Lokakṣema 支婁迦讖." [Data set] Zenodo: Beyond Boundaries Digital (April 2020). Available at:

Granger, Kelsey. “Review of Bret Hinsch’s Women in Early Medieval China.” Acta Orientalia Hung. 73, no. 2 (June 2020): 324-327. Available at:

Granger, Kelsey. “Three Curious Dogs in a Dunhuang Manuscript: Re-evaluating the Identification of ‘Yaks’ in Pelliot chinois 2598.” Bulletin of SOAS 84, no. 2 (June 2021): 341-354. Available at: 

Rothschild, Harry and Kelsey Granger. “Twenty-Six Reasons to Hate Zhang Yizhi and Zhang Changzong: Confucian Historiographical Construction of Wu Zhao’s ‘Male Favorites.'American Review of China Studies (Accepted for publication 2021). 

Granger, Kelsey. “Review of Peter J Li’s Animal Welfare in China.” The China Journal 87 (Accepted for publication 2022).

Granger, Kelsey. “Fengsu tongyi.” In Early Chinese Texts: A Bibliographical Guide, edited by Enno Giele and Imre Galambos (Accepted for publication 2022).

Granger, Kelsey. “Violence, Vigilantism, and Virtue: Re-Assessing Medieval Female Avenger Accounts through the Study of Xie Xiao'e.” Journal of the American Oriental Society 143 (Accepted for publication 2023).