Professor Stuart Kells is Adjunct Professor at La Trobe University's College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce, and Honorary Senior Fellow in Federation University's Collaborative Research Centre in Australian History. He was formerly a research fellow at the Melbourne Institute, and a member of the Monash Centre for Regulatory Studies. He completed his PhD at Monash University and his B.Comm (Hons) and M.Comm at the University of Melbourne. He won the Ashurst Business Literature Prize in 2016 (for 'Penguin and the Lane Brothers') and in 2019 (with Prof. I. Gow for 'The Big Four'). His book 'The Library' was shortlisted for the Prime Minister's literary award (non-fiction) and the NSW Premier's literary prize (general history). His writing has appeared in the Paris Review, the Guardian, Lapham's Quarterly, the Smithsonian Magazine, National Geographic Traveller, the Daily Beast and many other publications.
2018 Jean Whyte Lecturer; winner, Ashurst Prize, 2018 and 2015; shortlisted for 2018 Prime Minister's Literary Award (non-fiction) and NSW Premier's Literary Prize (general history); Monash Law Dean's Award.