About Professor Suzanne Rutland

Suzanne Rutland is Professor and Chair of the Department of Hebrew, Biblical & Jewish Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney and an expert in Australian Jewish history.

Professor Rutland’s major history of Australian Jewry, Edge of the Diaspora: Two Centuries of Jewish Settlement in Australia, was first published in 1988 and has had two subsequent editions (Collins, 1988; Brandl; Schlesinger, 1997, Holmes; Meier, New York, 2001). Her latest publication is The Jews in Australia published in 2005 by Cambridge University Press. 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.

Professor Rutland's research interests include:

  • Australian Jewry
  • The Holocaust and Dutch Jewry
  • Jewish education in Australia
  • Modern Israel, including Templer Restitution
  • Soviet Jewry campaign
Current projects:
  • Project on Australia and Soviet Jewry funded by a grant from the Australian Prime Ministers Centre
  • Study of Jewish Schools in Australia, funded by a grant from the Pratt Foundation, undertaken with Dr Zehavit Gross of Bar Ilan University, Israel.
  • Research into Jewish education in Australia, with specific focus on Moriah College
  • Australian Jewry and Israel
  • Australian Jewry and China
  • Judaism and Islam in Australia

Selected publications

  • [Book Chapter] Encel, Sol and Suzanne D. Rutland ‘Australian Jewry and China’, in M. Avrum Ehrlich (ed.), The Jewish Chinese Nexus: Ancient Civilizations in Modernity, Routledge 2008.
  • [Book Chapter] Rutland, Suzanne D. ‘Jewish Education in Australia’, in Paul Flexner, Roberta Goodman and Linda Bloomberg, eds, What we now know about research in Jewish Education, Los Angeles: Torah Aura Publications, 2008.   
  • [Book] Rutland, S.D. Triumph of the Jewish Spirit: 40 Years of the Jewish Communal Appeal, Sydney: the NSW Jewish Communal Appeal, 2007.
  • [Book Chapter] Rutland, Suzanne D. ‘Negotiating religious dialogue: A response to the recent increase of anti-Semitism in Australia’, in Elizabeth Burns Coleman and Kevin White (eds), Negotiating the Sacred: Blasphemy and Sacrilege in a Multicultural Society, Canberra: ANU E Press, 2006, pp. 17-30.
  • [Book Chapter] Rutland, Suzanne D. ‘Why Does Australian Jewish History Matter?’, in Michael Fagenblat, Melanie Landau and Nathan Wolski (eds), New Under the Sun: Jewish Australians on Religion, Politics and Culture, Melbourne: Black Inc, 2006.
  • [Book] Rutland, S.D. The Jews in Australia, Melbourne: Cambridge University Press, 2005.
  • [Book Chapter] Rutland, Suzanne D. ‘Who Speaks for Australian Jewry?’, in Levey, Geoffrey Brahm and Mendes, Philip Jews and Australian Politics, UK: Sussex Academic Press, 2004.
  • [Book] Rutland, S.D ‘If you will it, it is no dream’: The Moriah Story, Sydney: Playright Publishers, 2003.
  • [Book] Rutland, S.D. Edge of the Diaspora: Two Centuries of Jewish Settlement in Australia, Sydney: Collins Australia, 1988, i - xv, 479, Sydney: Brandl and Schlesinger, 1997, Sydney: Brandl and Schlesinger, New York: Holmes & Meier, 2001.
  • [Book Chapter] Rutland, S.D. ‘A Reassessment of the Dutch Record during the Holocaust’, in Roth, John K. and Maxwell, Elizabeth, eds in chief, Remembering for the Future: The Holocaust in an Age of Genocide, Volume 1: History, Hampshire & New York: Palgrave, 2001, pp 527 – 542.
  • [Book] Rutland, S.D. and Caplan, Sophie With One Voice: the History of the New South Wales Jewish Board of Deputies, Sydney:, Australian Jewish Historical Society, 1998.
  • [Book] Rutland, S.D. Pages of History: A Century of the Australian Jewish Press, Sydney: Australian Jewish Press, 1995, 303.