Raelene Frances is Professor of History at Monash University.
She has published on the history of work, women’s history, Aboriginal/European contact history, religious and community history and has also co-edited several collections of essays on Australian and New Zealand history.
Her books include The Politics of Work, which won the Australian Historical Association’s Hancock Prize, Women and the Great War (co-authored with Bruce Scates), which won the New South Wales Premier’s History Prize and Selling Sex: A Hidden History of Prostitution, which was short-listed for the Ernest Scott History Prize.
Rae Frances has taught Australian history, women’s studies, New Zealand history and Australian studies at universities in Melbourne, Perth and Auckland. She is the recipient of numerous teaching awards, including the Australian Award for University Teaching which she shared with her colleague, Bruce Scates.
She has been President of the UNSW Branch of the National Tertiary Education Union, a member of UNSW Council and was Head of the School of History at the University of New South Wales before taking up the position of Dean of Arts at Monash in January 2007.
She is a former Board member of the Australasian Council of Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities and the Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences and is currently a member of the Council of the National Museum of Australia. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and Chair of the Australian Intercultural Society Advisory Board.