Peter Beilharz was born in Melbourne on the 13th November 1953. After completing his BA DipEd at Rusden College and a brief stint teaching as a high school teacher, Beilharz went to Monash University, Melbourne, where he completed his PhD in 1984. He then went on to teach at Monash, RMIT and Melbourne University, before taking a position as Lecturer at La Trobe University, Melbourne. In this institution, Beilharz progressed to a personal chair as Professor of Sociology, a position he still holds today. During this time, Beilharz has held many visiting positions abroad, including in Manila, Amsterdam, Chapel Hill, Mexico City, Sao Paulo and Tokyo. Added to these posts, he served as Professor of Australian Studies (1999-2000) and William Dean Howells Fellow at Harvard University (2002). Beilharz has written and edited 24 books on issues ranging from the history of labourism and socialism to the comparative history of sociology, publishing key texts such as Transforming Labor (1994); Imagining the Antipodes (1997); (and with Hogan) Sociology: Place, Time and Division (2006); and Sociology: Antipodean Perspectives (2012). Beilharz is well known for his work in social theory, particularly his engagement with the thought of Zygmunt Bauman, about whom he published Zygmunt Bauman: Dialectic of Modernity (2000). Adding to these extensive contributions, Beilharz co-founded the Australian-based international journal of social theory, Thesis Eleven, in 1980. He was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia in 1997. Beilharz’s recent academic posts include Fellow in Cultural Sociology at Yale, Director of the Thesis Eleven Centre for Cultural Sociology at La Trobe, Visiting Professor at the Bauman Institute, Leeds, and Research Fellow at Stellenbosch Institute of Advanced Study in South Africa.