Dr Frances Jennifer Kelly



Frances Kelly is a Senior Lecturer in Critical Studies in Education in the Faculty of Education and Social Work.

Research | Current

Frances' research is primarily focused in the areas of higher education and the history of education. She is particularly interested in the relationship between ideologies and materialities. Recent research has included mining an archive of university photographs to gain insight into the interaction of spaces, people, things and activities in a university context; engaging in a psychogeography of a university campus; and working with museum and other archives to examine object lessons, nature study and aspects of the museum school service in the mid-20th century. 

Teaching | Current

  • EDUC 116 Introduction to Educational Thought (Bachelor of Arts)
  • EDUC 106 History and Society in New Zealand Education (Bachelor of Education)
  • EDUC 201 History of Education (Bachelor of Arts)
  • EDUC 347 The Idea of the University Student (Bachelor of Arts)

Postgraduate supervision

  • 2019-  Yiyi He, PhD ‘Academic writing and threshold concepts’. Faculty of Education and Social Work.

  • 2019-  Li Bao, PhD ‘The Factors Affecting Female Academics’ Performance in New Zealand and Chinese Universities—A Comparative Perspective.’ Faculty of Education and Social Work.

  • 2019-  Lu Yuchen, PhD ‘Foreign Missionaries’ Chinese Language Learning in China’, Faculty of Education and Social Work.

  • 2019 -2020  Joelyn Leung, MA (Education), The Complexities of Intercultural Friendships Between Chinese New Zealand Students and International Chinese Students, Education/Arts.

  • 2018-  Maria Ahmed, PhD ‘Negotiating scholarly identity on the intersection of Islamic fundamentalist, post-colonial and neo-colonial globalisation discourses: A critical discourse analysis of Pakistani doctoral thesis acknowledgments written between 1947 and 2015’. Faculty of Education and Social Work.

  • 2016 - Tepora Pukepuke, EdD ‘The unstoppable student self: belonging and resistance’ (Faculty of Education and Social Work)

  • 2015-2019 Yi Huang, PhD ‘Exploring Chinese PhD candidates’ transformative learning experiences in the University of Auckland: case study’. (Faculty of Education and Social Work)
  • 2015 - Fetaui Iosefo, PhD ‘Shattered fragments of a mirror: a view from the inside out of educational lives of ex-incarcerated men and women. An autoethnographic lens on the influence of spaces in society.’ (Faculty of Education and Social Work)
  • 2015-2019 Violet Sherwood, PhD ‘Minnie Dean: Illuminating infanticidal experiences of adopted children, an heuristic inquiry.’ (School of Psychotherapy, AUT Unversity)
  • 2013-2019 Catherine Mitchell, PhD ‘First generation doctoral student aspirations’ (Faculty of Education and Social Work)
  • 2013-2014: Fetaui Iosefo, Masters ‘Moon-walking with the Pasifika girl in the mirror’ (Faculty of Education and Social Work)
  • 2012-2016: Azure Risetto, PhD ‘Neo-Victorian Dickens’ (Faculty of Arts)


  • 2010 University of Auckland Vice-Chancellor’s Strategic Development Fund
  • 1997 University of Auckland Doctoral Scholarship
  • 1993 Senior Prize in English


  • Associate Editor for Teaching In Higher Education; Arts and Humanities in Higher Education
  • 2016-2020 Programme Leader, Education in the Liberal Arts
  • 2014-2016: Guest Editor, Special Issue of Neo-Victorian Studies Journal  'Neo-Victorianism and discourses of education'
  • 2013-16: Book reviews editor & Editorial Board Higher Education Research and Development (HERD)
  • 2011-2012: Guest editor, special issue of Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) on alternative methodologies in higher education research

Areas of expertise

  • Higher education
  • Doctoral education
  • History of education
  • Neo-Victorian studies

Committees/Professional groups/Services

2021-  New Zealand Aotearoa Representative for Australia New Zealand History of Education Society (ANZHES)

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Kelly, F. (2020). 'Hurry up please, it's time!' A psychogeography of a decommissioned university campus. TEACHING IN HIGHER EDUCATION, 25 (6), 722-735. 10.1080/13562517.2020.1746263
  • Kelly, F., & Manathunga, C. (2020). 'A flight over the study area': ecological ontologies in doctoral thesis acknowledgments. DISCOURSE-STUDIES IN THE CULTURAL POLITICS OF EDUCATION10.1080/01596306.2020.1724078
  • Manathunga, C., Grant, B., Kelly, F., Raddon, A., & Jung, J. (2020). (Re)birthing the academy: Unruly daughters striving for feminist futures. Palgrave Studies in Gender and Education (pp. 249-268). 10.1007/978-3-030-38211-7_10
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Barbara Grant
  • Kelly, F. (2019). 'Man sorting books': historical research in an archive of university photographs. HISTORY OF EDUCATION, 48 (1), 99-117. 10.1080/0046760X.2018.1506050
  • Kelly, F. (2018). The lecturer's new clothes An academic life, in textiles. In A. L. Black, S. Garvis (Eds.) (pp. 23-31). ROUTLEDGE.
  • Kelly, F., Manathunga, C., & Sato, M. (2017). Celebrating networks of knowledge: The social, epistemological and spatial dimensions of thesis acknowledgements 1980. Paper presented at History of Education Conference, Winchester, UK. 10 November - 12 November 2017.
  • Kelly, F., & Seaboyer, J. (2017). Introduction: Neo-Victorianism and the discourses of education. Neo-Victorian Studies, 10 (1), 1-14.
  • Kelly, F. (2017). The time of the PhD: Doctoral research in neo-Victorian fiction. Neo-Victorian Studies, 10 (1), 42-63.

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 3, Room 311A
New Zealand