Hermann Giliomee was a professor in Political Science at the University of Cape Town from 1982 to 1998.

He was a fellow of Yale University, the University of Cambridge and the Woodrow Wilson Centre for International Scholars in Washington. From 1995 to 1997 he was president of the South African Institute of Race Relations.  He is currently Extraordinary Professor of History at the Stellenbosch University.

Giliomee often writes about South African history and contemporary politics. Fifteen books have seen the light under his name. Among others: The Shaping of South African SocietyFrom Apartheid to Nation-building and The Awkward Embrace: One-Party Domination and Democracy. His The Afrikaners: a Biography was a top-seller in Afrikaans and English and was also published by Virginia University Press in the USA and Christopher Hurst & Co in the United Kingdom. His most recent book is Nog altyd hier gewees: die storie van ’n Stellenbosse gemeenskap.