Sydney born SUZANNE D. RUTLAND is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Hebrew, Biblical & Jewish Studies in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Sydney. Her major history of Australian Jewry, Edge of the Diaspora: Two Centuries of Jewish Settlement in Australia, was published by Brandl & Schlesinger, 1997 and Holmes & Meier, New York, 2001. Her latest publication is The Jews in Australia published in 2005. She has held numerous leadership positions, including being immediate past president of the Australian Jewish Historical Society, and was convenor of the Australian Association of Jewish Studies 19th Annual Conference, February 2007.
Suzanne Rutland was awarded an OAM (Medal of the Order of Australia) for service to Jewish education and history through a range of higher education development roles and as an author and academic, and to the promotion of interfaith relations.