Melanie Nolan is Professor of History, Director of the National Centre of Biography and General Editor of the Australian Dictionary of Biography in the School of History at The Australian National University (ANU). Her work includes Breadwinning (2000) a history of women and the state, Kin (2005) a collective biography of a working-class family which won the 2006 ARANZ Ian Wards Prize and was short-listed for the 2007 Ernest Scott Prize, and, most recently, general editor of the Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 18 (2012). She is the co-ordinator of the Masters of Biographical Research and Writing at the ANU. She was on the judging panel of the Magarey Medal for Biography (2008), the selection panel for the Australian Prime Ministers Centre research and scholarship program (2008-2011), the National Biography Award (2012) and is a member of the Biographical Dictionary of the Australian Senate’s Advisory Board.