Włodzimierz Suleja earned a degree in history at the University of Wrocław. As a student, he participated in the events of March 1968. He served as a researcher at the Historical Institute of the University of Wrocław, defended his doctoral thesis, and in 1992 habilitated. In 1989, he was a member of the Solidarity Citizens’ Committee in Wrocław, preparing parliamentary elections after the Round Table decisions on June 4, 1989. In 1990, he was the editor-in-chief of Dziennik Dolnośląski (currently non-existent) for several months. In 1995 he started working at the Institute of History of the Pedagogical University of Zielona Góra (currently the University of Zielona Góra). In 1998 he obtained the title of professor and in 2000 he became full professor. He worked at this university until 2005. Suleja later became a lecturer at the University of Lower Silesia in Wroclaw. He researched political biographies and the history of Wrocław and political opposition movements after World War II (including the history of Solidarity). Suleja is author to several books and over 200 other publications. In 2005, he was awarded the Gloria Artis Silver Medal for Merit to Culture. On April 7, 2009, for outstanding service in documenting and commemorating the truth about the latest history of Poland, he was awarded the Commander's Cross of the Order of the Rebirth of Poland by the President of Poland Lech Kaczyński. In January 2010 the Jagiellonian Club of St. Kazimierz awarded him a distinction for historians dealing with recent history in the last 20 years.