Susan is an art historian and curator specialising in the arts and culture of the Islamic world and in historic textiles. She is a contributing editor to the prestigious London journal, HALI: carpet, textile and Islamic art; a member of the national committee of management of The Asian Arts Society of Australia (TAASA); and is a regular lecturer to a wide range of academic and cultural institutions and special interest groups in Australia and internationally.  Susan was the specialist guest curator of the major international loan exhibition of manuscripts from the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, Love and Devotion; from Persia and Beyond, at the State Library of Victoria, Melbourne in 2012 and again at the Bodleian Library from late-2012 to April 2013. She edited and contributed to the award-winning publication that accompanied both exhibitions.

Susan has a BA from the Australian National University, an MA from the Dominican University of California, and completed her doctorate in Ottoman art and architecture at La Trobe University, Melbourne in 2012. In January 2013 she was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland.

Susan was on the ADFAS Australian Lecturer Register till she left for USA to study and work and is looking forward to lecturing to societies again.