Francis' work is currently supported by a five-year SSHRC Insight Grant, where she and co-PI Sofie Lachapelle are exploring ideas about French speech sounds as they developed in and were normalised through education, medicine, law, culture, entertainment, and phoentics from 1850-1914. Francis is also co-editing with Margot Irvine a series of collected essays on creative women's reactions to the First World War. Francis' current monograph project involves an exploration of French white women composers and their engagement with the occult during the interwar years.
Francis is the author of Teaching Stravinsky: Nadia Boulanger and the Consecration of a Modernist Icon (Oxford University Press, 2015) which won the prestigious ASCAP-Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Award in 2016. She is the editor of Nadia Boulanger and the Stravinskys: A Selected Correspondence (University of Rochester Press, 2018), and co-editor with Jeanice Brooks of Nadia Boulanger: Thoughts on Music (University of Rochester Press, 2020).
Francis has published articles in Cambridge Opera Journal, 19th-Century Music, The Musical Quarterly, La Revue de Musicologie, Women and Music, the Journal of the Society for American Music, the Journal of Online Learning, and the Journal of Music History Pedagogy.
Francis sits on the Board of Women and Music: A Journal of Gender and Culture and is the co-Editor-in-Chief for Grove Music Online's special project to revise content related to sexuality and gender.