Clare Rhoden teaches in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne. She completed her PhD in 2011 on Australian Great War literature, from which The Purpose of Futility resulted, after previously gaining a Master of Arts in creative writing.
Rhoden worked for twelve years as a speech pathologist in the Victorian Education Department, before changing her career path to work in university administration. She was head of a major student services department at the University of Melbourne, during which time she won two significant staff awards which enabled her to travel overseas for conference and research opportunities.
Rhoden writes across a wide range of genres and is currently working on a science fiction novel based around the world she created for her short story ‘Man/Machine/Dog’ which appeared in Overland in early 2014. The middle child of seven, Clare has always been interested in people and stories; her research into Australian Great War novels reflects her abiding interest in how stories function to make our world.