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Postdoctoral researcher and sessional teacher, The University of Melbourne

Dr David Challis is a postdoctoral researcher and sessional teacher in the Art History program at The University of Melbourne. His PhD thesis examined the socio-economic context and art historical consequences of the large-scale translocation of French modernist art in the first half of the twentieth century. His research distinctions include the Art History program’s Dwight Final Assessment Prize (Fine Arts) for academic merit 2014, the Australian Post-Graduate Award 2015, the Australian Centre PhD Top-Up Scholarship for academic merit 2015 and the 2020 Paul Mellon Centre Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Paul Mellon Centre for studies in British Art. David returned to full time study at Melbourne University in 2013 after a successful twenty-five-year career in the Financial Markets Industry based in Australia and London.


  • 2013–present
    Postdoctoral researcher and sessional tutor, University of Melbourne


  • 2019 
    PhD - Art History, University of Melbourne


  • 2018
    Journal for Art Market Studies, Rodin's sculpture in Japan and the Economics of translocation