Dr Prudence Flowers

Senior Lecturer

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

place Social Science South (310)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

BA (Honours First Class), University of Melbourne, 2003

PhD (in History), University of Melbourne, 2009

Honours, awards and grants

2020: Flinders University COVID-19 Research Grant ($12,000)

2018: Catherine Helen Spence Memorial Scholarship ($25,000)

2012: Invited participant in the US Department of State’s International Visiting Leadership Program on ‘Security in Asia’

2011: Establishment Grant, Flinders Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences ($8,000)

2009: Overseas Conference Leave funding, Flinders Faculty of Social Sciences

2005: Gerald R. Ford Foundation Research Travel Grant, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library ($2,000)

2005: Lillian Ernestine Lobb Scholarship, University of Melbourne ($8,000)

2005: Postgraduate Overseas Research Experience Scholarship, School of Graduate Studies ($3,500)

2005: Travel for Research in Postgraduate Study, Faculty of Arts ($1,350)

2004-8: Australian Postgraduate Award

2003: Margaret Kiddle Prize for the best fourth year thesis in pure or combined History, University of Melbourne ($590)

2003: Jessie Mary Vasey Prize for best thesis in Women’s History, University of Melbourne ($1,000)

Teaching interests

My focus is U.S. history and I teach topics that run from the 1600s to the 2020s. I have an interest in social history (gender, race, class, religion) and also political history.

Topic coordinator
HIST2020 Colonies, Empire, and Revolution: British North America 1500-1800
HIST3045 Guns and Butter: The United States in the Long 1960s
HIST7055 Historical Practice
HIST3009 Civil War Era America
HIST3010 One Nation Under God? Religion in American Public Life
HIST1703 Turning Points in World History
HIST2076 The Divided States of America, 1920-2000
Supervisory interests
American society and political issues
Contemporary histories of the United States
History, religious
History, women's
Public health law
Reproductive politics
The history of the body
US conservatism
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: History (1)
Associate supervisor: History (2)
Associate supervisor: American Studies (1), History (2)
Expert for media contact
History - American
United States of America
Abortion politics in the United States
Late termination of pregnancy
President Ronald Reagan
Religion in post-WWII America
US History
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Media expertise
  • Abortion
  • History - American
  • Religion
  • United States of America
  • Abortion politics in the United States
  • Feminism
  • Late termination of pregnancy
  • President Ronald Reagan
  • Religion in post-WWII America
  • US History
Further information

Selected Media Appearances

Radio interview on the Supreme Court and abortion rights, Radio Adelaide Breakfast program, September 2020

Imagining a conservative Supreme Court, The Signal podcast – ABC, September 2020

New allegations of mass hysterectomies inside US detention centres are the ‘echoes of an awful past, SBS News online, September 2020

'American tactics have been brought to Australia as the abortion debate continues to divide,' The Advertiser, August 2019

Radio interview on 'What is feminism?', Mornings with David Bevan, ABC Adelaide, June 2019

Radio interview on Alabama and US abortion politics, Drive with Richard Glover (Sydney), May 2019

Alabama's abortion law is just the beginning — activists want to overturn Roe v Wade, ABC News online, May 2019

Television interview about US abortion law and politics, The Drum, May 2019

Alabama's State Senate passes near-total ban on abortion, RN Drive, May 2019

Recent Invited Commentary

How Ronald Reagan led the 1960 actors' strike - and then bcame an anti-union president, The Conversation, July 2023

US Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade - but for abortion opponents, this is just the beginning, The Conversation, June 2022

The end of Roe v. Wade would likely embolden global anti-aboriton activists and poltiicans, The Conversation, May 2022

Will Roe v Wade be overturned, and what would this mean? The US abortion debate explained, The Conversation, December 2021

What would Amy Coney Barrett, Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court, mean for abortion rights in the US? The Conversation, September 2020

How the US right-to-life movement is influencing the abortion debate in Australia, The Conversation, August 2019