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 University of Melbourne's Melbourne Institute, and a member of Monash University's Centre for Regulatory Studies. 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 and the NSW Premier's General History Prize. His writing has appeared in the Paris Review, the Guardian, Lapham's Quarterly, LitHub, the Smithsonian Magazine, National Geographic Traveller, the Daily Beast and many other publications. He recently wrote the centenary history of Melbourne University Publishing, and he is editor of Library Planet.
2022 Murray Lecture; 2018 Jean Whyte Lecture; winner, Ashurst Prize, 2018 and 2015; shortlisted for 2018 Prime Minister's Literary Award (non-fiction) and NSW Premier's Literary Prize (general history, twice); Monash Law Dean's Award.