Frances Di Lauro is currently the Chair of the Department of Writing Studies in the School of Literature, Art and Media in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney. She is an inter-disciplinary scholar with undergraduate majors in archaeology and religious studies. Her undergraduate and postgraduate studies focused on the analysis of cultural materials, ontological texts, cosmogonies, and apocalyptic and otherworld literature. Her publications include Between Heaven and Hell: Faces of Iniquity and Surrender in Dante Alighieri's 'La Divina Commedia" (2012). Her coedited volumes include On a Panegyrical Note: Studies in Honour of Garry W. Trompf (2007) with Victoria Barker and an introduction by Carole M. Cusack.
Frances has completed graduate studies in higher education teaching and, since 2007 has taught rhetoric, academic writing, argumentation and workplace communications. An early adapter, Frances uses emerging technologies in teaching and has developed innovative ways to use Wikipedia as a participatory writing platform. She maintains a firm academic interest in the persuasive elements of all communicative acts from advertising, political, religious and public discourse, to art, food, travel writing, performance, and song.