History Department
History Department

Kristie Flannery

PhD Candidate (ABD),



The global Spanish empire, 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 changing diplomatic strategies with rival regional powers, including European colonies and Asian maritime states. I argue these two processes were deeply interconnected, and the inclusion and exclusion of individuals and groups within Philippines colonial society was strongly influenced by the threats imposed by a bloating British empire in the neighborhood.  

I completed my Bachelor of Economic and Social Scienes degree at University of Sydney in 2007. My honours thesis was a social history of the great mutiny in the British Royal Navy in 1797. 

Before I began my PhD in History at UT Austin, I worked as a higher education policy officer in the Australian Government, and travelled extensively in Asia and Central and South America.

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