BA(Hons), MA (UWA), PhD (Monash)
History, Heritage And Archaeology
Professor Raelene Frances is the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Professor of History, Monash University. Professor Frances researches on Australian social, cultural and economic history, particularly on issues related to gender and labour, prostitution, war and society, ethnic/religious issues. She is also concerned with the way in which Australian history intersects with and is shaped by its international and imperial contexts, and with comparisons between Australian experiences and those in other locations. She is currently involved in a major collaborative ARC Linkage project exploring the history of Anzac Day at home and abroad.
In the last ten years:
  • Chair, Australian Department of Innovation, Science and Research Committee to prepare Cultures and Communities National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Roadmap
  • Council Member, National Museum of Australia
  • Board Member, Council for the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Executive Member, Australasian Council of Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities.

Main Teaching, Research or Administrative Posts

  • Lecturer, Murdoch University (1987-88)
  • Lecturer, Auckland University (1989 - 91)
  • Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor/Head of School, University of New South Wales (1992 - 2006)
  • Dean of Arts and Professor of History, Monash University (2007 - )
  • Australian Award for University Teaching in the Humanities (jointly with Bruce Scates)
  • Quality Teaching Award by NSW Department of Education and Australian College of Educators

Raelene Frances (2007), Selling Sex: A Hidden History of Prostitution. Sydney: University of New South Wales Press

Raelene Frances (2011), Green demons: Irish-Catholics and Muslims in Australian history, in Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, 22(4), pp 443 - 450

Raelene Frances and Melanie Nolan (2008), Gender and the Trans-Tasman World of Labour: Transnational and Comparative Histories, in Labour History, No 95, Nov 2008, pp 25 - 42

Raelene Frances and Julie Kimber (2008), Joy, Memorialisation and the Limits of Tolerance, in Public History Review, Vol 15, 2008

Raelene Frances and Alicia Gray (2007), Unsatisfactory, discriminatory, unjust and inviting corruption: Feminists and the decriminalisation of street prostitution in New South Wales, in Australian Feminist Studies, 22(53) (July), pp 307 - 324

Raelene Frances (2011), Prostitution: the Age of Empires, in Chiara Beccalossi and Ivan Crozier (eds) A Cultural History of Sexuality, Vol. 5: In the Age of Empire, pp 145-171. Oxford and New York: Berg Books