Frances Corry graduated cum laude from Barnard College with a BA in English, where her honors thesis "Changing Times" explored how the New York Times encountered the popular debut of the Web in the mid-1990s. Her research continues to be concerned with digital pasts, addressing the social histories of digital technology as well as topics related to digital technology, memory, and archiving.

She has worked as a Research Editor for the International Journal of Communication, collaborated with Professor Josh Kun on a project with the Los Angeles Public Library, and served as a research associate at the Computer History Museum. She is a founding member of Annenberg's communication and cultural studies graduate student conference, Critical Mediations. She has received fellowships from Harvard University's Library Innovation Lab and the Association for Computing Machinery's History Committee.

Prior to joining USC, she directed press and digital media efforts at architecture and design firm Ike Kligerman Barkley, the Hudson River Park Trust, and NYU's Rudin Center for Transportation.

Her work can be viewed at francescorry.net.