Flannery grew up in a suburb of Baltimore, MD. She graduated from Barnard College in New York City in 2003 with a degree in Italian. In 2005, she moved to Southern California to accept a competitive Chancellor’s Fellowship to attend a PhD program in Comparative Literature at the University of California, Riverside. She graduated in 2011 with a Dissertation Fellowship, a Barricelli Award for Research, and an Outstanding Teaching Award for French.

Flannery’s published writing sheds light on cross-cultural interactions between French and Italian and East Asian cinema(s). Her articles have appeared in Modern Chinese Lit and Culture, Senses of Cinema, and The Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinema. Her book: New Taiwanese Cinema: Within and Beyond the Framefor the “Traditions in World Cinema” series through Edinburgh University Press, was released in paperback in April of 2015.

In 2016, she established The Humanities in Transition, an online journal dedicated to bringing the humanities to students and interested readers and out of the ivory tower.

Flannery moved to downtown Los Angeles a little over a year ago. Many of her recent projects are dedicated to that experience: transitioning through life in an evolving city. One predominant theme of Flannery's work is adaptation. Change can be both exhilarating and frightening...often concurrently. Life is both tragic and sublime and the contrast is not as striking as one might expect. Other major themes in Flannery's work include: role-playing and authenticity, truth and fiction, personal identity, and the overlapping of reality and cinema.