Dr Kristie Patricia Flannery

Research Fellow
Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences

Dr Kristie Patricia Flannery

Areas of expertise: the Spanish Empire; empire and colonialism; migration; urban history; early modern Atlantic and Pacific worlds

HDR Supervisor accreditation status: Provisional

Email: Kristie.Flannery@acu.edu.au

Location: ACU Melbourne Campus

ORCID ID: 0000-0001-9087-3048

Dr. Kristie Flannery is a research fellow in the Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences. Kristie grew up in Sydney and completed her MA and PhD in history at the University of Texas at Austin. She comes to ACU after a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

Kristie is an expert in the history of the global Spanish empire. She is the author of several journal articles and book chapters in edited volumes that have shaped the field. Her first book “Fighting Pirates, Forging Empire: Catholic Anti-Piracy and Spanish Colonial Rule in the Pacific” is under contract with the University of Pennsylvania Press. Kristie’s new research project explores urban women’s experiences of migration, labour, and love between slavery and freedom in the early modern Indo-Pacific world.

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My first book “Fighting Pirates, Forging Empire: Catholic Anti-Piracy and Spanish Colonial Rule in the Pacific,” is under contract with the University of Pennsylvania Press.

Peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters

  • Can the devil cross the deep blue sea? Imagining the Spanish Pacific and vast early America from below. The William and Mary Quarterly. Vol 79, No.1 (2022), pp. 31-60.
  • “The Global Seven Years War and the Road to Revolution” in (eds) Marjoleine Kars, Michael McDonnel, Andrew Schocket, The Cambridge History of the American Revolution. *Forthcoming 2021.
  • “The Transimperial Biography of Cesar Falliet: A Life Between Global Cities.” Urban History, Vol. 48, N.3 (2021) 479-497
  • With co-author Guillermo Ruíz-Stovel. “The Loyal Foreign Merchant Captain. Thome Gapsar de León and the Making of Manila’s Intra-Asian Connections.” Vergueta, Vol 20. (2020): 189-215.
  • “The Seven Years’ War and the Globalization of Anglo-Iberian Imperial Entanglement: The View from Manila” in Jorge Cañizares Esguerra, ed., Entangled Empires: The Anglo-Iberian Atlantic, 1500-1830s. (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018), 236-254.
  • “A era global das revoluções e seus descontentamentos” in Jorge Canizares-Esguerra and Luiz Estevam de Oliveira Fernandes, eds, América na Primeira Modernidade2 (Curitiba, Brasil: Prismas, 2018) pp. 279-31.
  • “Battlefield Diplomacy and Empire-building in the Early Modern Pacific World.” Itinerario, Vol. 40, No. 3 (2016): 67–488.
  • “Prohibited Games, Prohibited People: Race, Gambling, and Segregation in Early Modern Manila,” Newberry Essays in Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Vol. 8 (2014), 81-92.

Selected accolades and awards

  • Outstanding Dissertation Award, best dissertation Humanities and Fine Arts, University of Texas at Austin (2020)
  • Lathrop Prize, best dissertation in History, University of Texas at Austin (2020)
  • Killam Postdoctoral Fellowship, Killam Foundation, Canada (2019)
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen (2019)*declined
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, The Newberry Library (2019)*declined
  • University Continuing Fellowship, University of Texas at Austin (2017)
  • Bernadotte Schmitt Research Grant, The American Historical Association (2016)
  • Richard Maass Research Grant, The Manuscript Society (2016)
  • Center for New World Comparative Studies Fellowship, John Carter Brown Library *declined
  • Charles Montgomery Gray Fellowship, The Newberry Library (2015)
  • Mellon Summer Institute in Vernacular Paleography, The Huntington Library (2015)
  • Summer Land Institute Award, Cornell University (2015)
  • Paula Backscheider Archival Travel Award, American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (2015)
  • The History Project Research Grant, The Joint Center for History and Economics at Harvard University and University of Cambridge (2015)
  • Gunson Essay Prize in Pacific History, The Pacific History Association (2014)
  • Beca Teixidor, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (2014)
  • Helm Fellowship, The Lilly Library (2014)
  • M. Keck Foundation Fellowship, The Huntington Library (2014)
  • Scobie Award for Pre-Dissertation Research, Conference on Latin American History (2013)
  • 2021 - Australian Academy of the Humanities Publication Subsidy 

Appointments and affiliations


  • Member of the Global Urban History Project International Advisory Council
  • Affiliated Fellow, SFB 923 "Bedrohte Ordnungen" (“Threatened Orders” Research Collaborative Research Center), Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen

Editorial roles

  • Editor-at-large, Toynbee History Prize Blog.

International journal review panel

I review manuscripts for leading international peer-reviewed journals including Itinerario and Environmental History.

Public engagement

  • Instructor, ORIAS Summer Institute for K-12 teachers on Propaganda, UC Berkeley (2020)
  • Exhibition Co-curator, “Acapulco-Manila: The Galleon, Asia, and Latin America, 1565–1815”. Benson Latin American Collection, Austin (2016); Mexican Consulate in Austin (2018)
  • “The Trans-Pacific Silver Trade and Early Modern Globalization” Podcast 15 Minute History (2016).



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