Susan Hattis Rolef
Dr. Susan Hattis Rolef was born in Haifa in 1943 to parents who made aliya from Chicago in 1932. She received her primary and high-school education in the Reali School in Haifa, a ballet school in the UK and the College for Arts and Technology in Cambridge UK. She received a BSc in International Relation from the London School of Economics in 1965, and a Ph.D in International Relations from the Institute for Higher International Studies in Geneva Switzerland in 1970.
Rolef was a lecturer in International Relations at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem from 1969-1975. She continued to engage in academic research, and at the same time wrote for various newspapers (including The Jerusalem Post) and magazines in Hebrew and English, in Israel and abroad. From1977 to 1994 Rolef worked with various leading figures in the Israel Labor Party, including the late Yigal Allon. She became a Knesset employee in 1994, where she engaged in research and information, and contacts with foreign parliaments.
Rolef retired from the Knesset in December 2010, and is currently assisting the chief scientist at the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens. She is currently teaching a course on the Knesset and parliamentarism at the Academic College Emek Yisrael.
Rolef is also the author of several books, including A Political Dictionary of the State of Israel.