William Beinart was educated at the Universities of Cape Town and London, where he was awarded a PhD in 1979. He taught at the University of Bristol from 1983 to 1997, and was professor of race relations (1997-2015) and director of the African Studies Centre at the University of Oxford. Since 2015 he has been emeritus fellow and professor, St Antony’s College, University of Oxford. His has published Twentieth-Century South Africa (2001), The Rise of Conservation in South Africa (2003), Environment and Empire (with Lotte Hughes, 2007) and Rights to Land: a guide to tenure upgrading and restitution in South Africa (with Peter Delius and Michelle Hay, 2017). His interests are in the history of southern Africa, environmental history, and land reform.