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Honorary Associate Lecturer, School of Humanities and Social Science, University of Newcastle

Dr Rachel Franks is the Coordinator, Scholarship at the State Library of New South Wales and an Honorary Associate Lecturer at The University of Newcastle, Australia. A qualified educator and librarian, Rachel holds PhDs in Australian crime fiction (CQU) and true crime texts (Sydney). Her research on crime fiction, true crime, popular culture and information science has been presented at numerous conferences as well as for local and national media. An award-winning writer, her work can be found in a wide variety of books, journals and magazines.


  • 2014–present
    Coordinator, Scholarship, State Library of New South Wales
  • 2014–present
    Honorary Associate Lecturer, University of Newcastle


  • 2020 
    The University of Sydney, Doctor of Philosophy
  • 2013 
    University of Canberra, Master of Information Studies (Librarianship)
  • 2011 
    Central Queensland University, Doctor of Philosophy
  • 2007 
    Charles Sturt University, Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary)
  • 2006 
    Central Queensland University, Master of Letters
  • 2005 
    Charles Sturt University, Bachelor of Arts
  • 2004 
    University of Technology, Sydney, Bachelor of Education (Adult Education)

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Library and Information Association
  • Professional Historians Association