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Kate Fullagar is a historian of the eighteenth-century world, particularly the British Empire and the many Indigenous societies it encountered. Her interest in comparative indigenous history focuses on the eastern Pacific (Polynesia), the American southeast (esp. Cherokees), and the Eora of today's Australia.  

She is the author of The Savage Visit (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2012), which traces the dramatic rise and surprising fall of popular British fascination for indigenous visitors through the eighteenth century. Pursuing similar themes, she is also the editor of The Atlantic World in the Antipodes: Effects and Transformations since the Eighteenth Century (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012), with chapters by Alison Bashford, Iain McCalman, Simon Schaffer, Margaret Jolly, Sheila Fitzpatrick, Damon Salesa, and several of the other fabulous scholars who assembled for Sydney's Sawyer Seminar Series. In 2018 she published with prize-winning historian Michael McDonnell an edited collection called Facing Empire: Indigenous Experiences in a Revolutionary Age (Johns Hopkins University Press, Oct. 2018). It includes chapters by Colin Calloway, Bill Gammage, Sujit Sivasundarum, Tony Ballantyne, Daniel Richter, and many others.  In 2019 she publishes her second monograph, The Warrior, the Voyager, and the Artist. It will be with Yale University Press and is about the unlikely eighteenth-century story of a Cherokee warrior called Ostenaco, a Ra'iatean voyager called Mai, and the British artist, Joshua Reynolds, who painted them both.

Kate has held visiting fellowships at the University of York (as a British Academy Fellow); Duke University (at the John Hope Franklin Center for the Humanities); and Yale University (as a Lewis Walpole Library Travelling Fellow). She will be a Humanities Council Fellow at Princeton in November 2019.

Kate is the Lead Chief Investigator on an ARC Linkage Project with the National Portrait Gallery – see https://facingnewworlds.org/ for further details. For her own personal website, see katefullagar.com 

Research interests

Eighteenth-Century British History, especially popular and artistic culture
Eighteenth-Century Pacific History, especially Polynesia
Eighteenth-Century Australian History, especially Bennelong
Early Atlantic History, especially southeastern North America
Comparative Indigenous History


MHIS221 The Age of Revolution: Europe from the Reign of Terror to the First World War - http://www.youtube.com/embed/fT37ojvQuBg
MHIS217 Britain, Empire, and the Making of the Globalized World 1688-1948
MHIS748 Introduction to Modern Historiography

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of California, Berkeley

… → 2005

MA, University of California, Berkeley

… → 2001

BA (Hons), Australian National University

… → 1997

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Projects 2013 2017

Facing New Worlds: Comparative Histories of Australasia and North America

Fullagar, K., McDonnell, M. A., Hansen, D., Gilmour, J. & Trumble, A.

13/11/17 → …

Project: Research

Research Outputs 2006 2020

Voyagers from the Havai‘i Diaspora: Polynesian Mobility, 1760s-1860s

Fullagar, K., 2020, (Accepted/In press) The Routledge Companion to Indigenous Global History. Russell, L. & McGrath, A. (eds.). London: Routledge

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

Britannia's Auxiliaries: Continental Europeans and the British Empire, 1740–1800

Fullagar, K., Oct 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : American Historical Review. 124, 4

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article/Exhibition reviewResearch

British Empire

Facing New Worlds

Fullagar, K., 2019, State Library of NSW Magazine, 12, 1, p. 20-23 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to Newspaper/Magazine/WebsiteArticleResearch

Early History
Indigenous Peoples

From the editors

Arrow, M., Boucher, L. & Fullagar, K., 2019, In : History Australia. 16, 1, p. 3-4 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialResearch

From the editors

Fullagar, K., Arrow, M. & Boucher, L., 2019, In : History Australia. 16, 2, p. 237-238 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialResearchpeer-review