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Professor Emerita, University of Sydney

Suzanne D. Rutland (OAM, PhD), Professor Emerita, the Department of Hebrew, Biblical & Jewish Studies, University of Sydney, is a renowned Australian Jewish historian. She has published widely on Australian Jewish history, edits the Sydney edition of the AJHS Journal, and written on issues relating to the Shoah, Israel, Soviet Jewry and Jewish education. Her book, The Jews in Australia was published by Cambridge University Press in 2005. In 2008-9, Suzanne received a government grant from the Australian Prime Ministers Centre for research on ‘Australia and the campaign for Soviet Jewry’. The product of that research was published in 2015, co-written with Australian Jewish journalist, Sam Lipski, entitled Let My People Go: The Untold Story of Australia and Soviet Jews, 1959-1989 (Melbourne: Hybrid Publishers). It was the co-winner of the 2016 Prime Minister’s Literary Award, Australian History Section. She is currently working on ‘Jewish communal advocacy since 1945’ as a book project. Her latest books are Lone Voice: The Wars of Isi Leibler (Hybrid 2021) and Special Religious Education and its Value in Australian to Contemporary Society (Springer 2021), co-authored with Professor Zehavit Gross. In the latter book they include a chapter examining religious bullying in the playground. In January 2008 she received the Medal of the Order of Australia from the Australian government for services to Higher Jewish Education and interfaith dialogue. As a member of the Australian Delegation to IHRA she serves on the Education Working Group and the Committee on Antisemitism and Holocaust Denial.


  • –present
    Professor of Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies, University of Sydney


    University of Sydney, PhD
    University of Sydney, MA

Research Areas

  • Jewish Studies (220404)


Medal of the Order of Australia