Thomas Medicus, born in 1953, studied German, political sciences and art history in Marburg/Lahn and earned his PhD in 1982. He worked as freelance journalist for outlets such as Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Deutschlandfunk and Baseler Zeitung, and as an editor fpr the Der Tagesspiegel in Berlin and the Frankfurter Rundschau. In 2001 and in 2006 he was a fellow of The Society of the Federal Republic at the Hamburg Institute for Social Research.
In 2007 Medicus was Goethe-Munk writer at the Munk Centre for International Affairs at the University of Toronto. Since February 2008 Thomas Medicus is a visiting scholar at the Hamburg Institute of Social Research. He has been living with his family in Berlin for more than 20 years.