Colin Tatz was born and educated in South Africa and completed his PhD at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra, Australia. He founded and directed the Monash Indigenous Centre at Monash University, Melbourne from 1964 to 1971. He was foundation professor of Politics at the University of New England, NSW, from 1971 to 1982 and professor of Politics at Macquarie University, Sydney from 1982 to 1999. He has been visiting professor of Politics and International Relations at ANU since 2004. He is the founding director of the Australian Institute of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Sydney. The author of 22 books, he researches, teaches and writes in the fields of Aboriginal studies, Jewish studies, race politics, migration, youth suicide, and sport history. His book, Obstacle Race: Aborigines in Sport won the Australian Human Rights Award for Non-Fiction in 1995 and in 1997 he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO).