History Department
History Department

Kristie Flannery

PhD Candidate (ABD),



Colonial Latin America, Spain's Asian Empire, Atlantic History, Early Modern Indo-Pacific Worlds, the Social Lives of Cities, Comparative Colonialisms


The “Age of Revolutions” in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries paradoxically witnessed the expansion and consolidation of European empires in the Pacific and Indian Ocean worlds. My dissertation offers new insight into this process of empire-building beyond the Atlantic by interrogating the nature and evolution of Spanish colonialism in the Philippines from 1750 to 1800, a period marked by the dramatic expansion of the British Empire in the region. This is a social history of imperial legitimacy that explores the colonial state’s evolving relationships with diverse groups within its borders, including indigenous Filipinos, especially its Pampangan allies, the Chinese, Chinese mestizos, Armenians, and other “others” or foreigners. In addition I explore the colonial state’s shifting diplomatic strategies with rival regional powers, including European colonies and Asian maritime states. These two processes were deeply interconnected; the inclusion and exclusion of individuals and groups within Philippines colonial society, always in flux, was shaped by the threats imposed by a bloating British empire in the neighborhood.  

My dissertation is based on extensive archival research in the Philippines, Mexico, the USA, Spain, the UK, and Australia. Many grants and fellowships have enabled me to shift through the dispersed colonail records of Spain's Asian Empire, including the University of Sydney Travelling Scholarship, the Conference on Latin American History James R. Scobie Award for Pre-dissertation research, the Beca Texidor from the Instituto de Investigaciones Históricas at UNAM y Fideicomiso Teixidor, and short-term fellowships from the Huntington, Lilly, and Newberry Libraries. 

Piror to coming to Texas, I completed my Bachelor of Economic and Social Scienes degree at University of Sydney. My honours thesis was a social history of the great 1797 mutiny in the British Royal Navy. 

I have also worked as a higher education policy officer in the Australian Government, and travelled extensively in Asia and the Americas.

You can find me on twitter @thehistoriann

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