Gerhard Maré is a political sociologist with research interests in social identities (especially related to ethnicity , race and class). He holds degrees in comparative literature, development studies and sociology, from the Universities of Natal, and the Witwatersrand. He is an Emeritus Professor of the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Gerhard taught at the University of Natal (now KwaZulu-Natal) from 1984 and served as Director of the Centre for industrial and Labour Studies and as Chair of the Department of Sociology. He was one of the founding editors of the journals Work in Progress (in 1977) and Transformation (from 1984).