Tom Lodge spent his childhood in Nigeria, Borneo and Britain. He was educated at Sabah College, Bedales School and the University of York. Between 1978 and 2005 he worked at the University of the Witwatersrand where he was Professor of Political Studies from 1997. In 2005 he was appointed Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Limerick in Ireland. He is the author of several books on South African history including Black Politics in South Africa since 1945 (1983), Mandela: A Critical Biography (2006) Sharpeville: An Apartheid Massacre and its Consequences (2011) and Red Road to Freedom: A History of the South African Communist Party, 1921 -2021 (2021). He is a member of the Royal Irish Academy.