Ruth holds an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award and is a Research Fellow in the National Centre for Australian Studies. During 2017, Ruth will be based in Munich, Germany at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, LMU, where she holds a Humboldt Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship.
She joined Monash in mid-2012 after completing her doctoral studies at The University of Western Australia in Perth.
Ruth is a member of the Executive Committee of the Australian Historical Association; the Council of the International Water History Association; and the National Management Committee of the Australian Garden History Society.
In 2016, Running Out? was awarded the State Library of Western Australia Prize for Western Australian History at the WA Premier’s Book Awards, and was runner-up for the W.K. Hancock Prize of the Australian Historical Association.