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Frances Di Lauro

Senior Lecturer, Department of Writing Studies, University of Sydney

Frances Di Lauro began teaching at the University of Sydney in 2005 and in 2011 became a continuing member of the Writing Hub (now Department of Writing Studies). She is an inter-disciplinary scholar, formally trained in archaeology and religious studies, and teaches rhetoric and argumentation, and academic, business, public and encyclopaedic writing. Her research expertise lies in the analysis of communicative texts and artefacts from apocalyptic and otherworld literatures, letters, chronicles and encyclopaedias, to performative art, exhibitions, films, monuments and songs. Her current research projects focus on the digitisation of shrines and sites of dark tourism, and the uptake of religious apps. Since 2012, she has been developing innovative assessments using free and open mass-collaboration platforms. An early adopter of emerging digital technologies, Frances coordinates and teaches Open Learning Environment (OLE) units that use WikiData to generate new information, and Wikipedia as a writing platform.


  • 2017–present
    Senior Lecturer, University of Sydney
  • 2007–2016
    Lecturer, University of Sydney


  • 2013 
    The University of Sydney, Graduate Certificate of Teaching (Higher Education)
  • 2011 
    The Universit of Sydney, PhD
  • 2005 
    The University of Sydney, BA (Hons 1) Religious Studies
  • 2003 
    The University of Sydney, BA Religious Studies and Archaeology


  • 2020
    Wikipedia in Higher Education: Practice What You Teach., Studies in Higher Education
  • 2020
    ‘If it is not in Wikipedia, blame yourself:' edit-a-thons as vehicles for computer supported collaborative learning in higher education, Studies in Higher Education
  • 2017
    Student Perceptions of Writing with Wikipedia in Australian Higher Education (with Robert E. Cummings), First Monday
  • 2017
    Employing Wikipedia for Good not Evil: Innovative Approaches to Collaborative Writing Assessment (with Rebecca Johinke), Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education
  • 2013
    Multimodal Writing Instruction in a Global World (with Susan Thomas, Angela Shetler, and Benjamin Miller), Kairos
  • 2012
    Between Heaven and Hell: Faces of Iniquity and Surrender in Dante Alighieri's "La Divina Commedia", Lambert Publishing
  • 2007
    On a Panegyrical Note: Studies in Honour of Garry W Trompf, Sydney Studies in Religion