Associate Professor Elisabeth Findlay

Associate Professor Findlay is an art historian specialising in portraiture and nineteenth century Australian art.

Her first monograph was on the voyager artist William Westall and she has curated various exhibitions on Australian colonial art. Recent publications include ‘Relics of Encounter:  Rapport and Trust in the Early Portraits of the Aborigines of New South Wales’, The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art (2014) and ‘Art and Patronage in Early Colonial Melbourne: John Pascoe Fawkner and William Strutt’, The La Trobe Journal (2014). She is currently completing a history of Australian colonial portraiture.

Elisabeth has extensive experience in learning and teaching. She has led curriculum renewal and taught at all levels, from first year to HDR. Elisabeth is particularly committed to the development of undergraduate research and is a member of the Steering Group of the Australasian Council for Undergraduate Research.

She has received numerous awards for excellence in teaching and in 2007 was recognised with a national citation for outstanding contribution to student learning. In 2014 she was elected as a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Prior to joining Griffith in 2015, Elisabeth worked at the Australian National University as the Associate Dean (Students) in the College of Arts and Social Sciences and was also the Deputy Dean of Students.


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