Conjoint Fellow, School of Humanities and Social Science, University of Newcastle

Dr Rachel Franks is the Coordinator, Scholarship at the State Library of New South Wales, a Conjoint Fellow at the University of Newcastle and is at The University of Sydney researching true crime. Rachel holds a PhD in Australian crime fiction and her research on crime fiction, true crime, popular culture and information science has been presented at numerous conferences. An award-winning writer, her work can be found in a wide variety of books, journals and magazines as well as on social media.


  • 2014–present
    Conjoint Fellow, University of Newcastle
  • 2014–present
    Coordinator, Education & Scholarship, State Library of New South Wales
  • 2016–present
    Postgraduate Student, The University of Sydney


  • 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)