Dr Rachel Woodlock is an academic and writer with a special interest in the experiences of religious minorities in Western societies. She recently co-edited Fear of Muslims? International Perspectives on Islamophobia with Professor Douglas Pratt (Springer, 2016), an evidenced-based examination of Islamophobia in both ‘old-world’ Europe and the ‘new-world’ of America and Australia, and also Southeast Asia. At Monash University, she researched employment and education trends among Muslims in Melbourne, Australia; studied the experiences of Iraqi migrants settled in regional Victoria; and her doctoral research looked at the social integration of religious Muslim Australians. She has lectured widely and taught subjects on Islam and Muslims at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Her other academic interests include conversion, religious pluralism, religious feminism and the Bábí and Bahá’í religions. Although born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, Rachel lives with her family in Tipperary, Ireland, which everyone delights in telling her is a long way to go.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University, 2015
  • Master of Islamic Studies, University of Melbourne, 2004
  • Certificate in Arabic Language, CALES, Yemen, 2002
  • Bachelor of Arts (Arabic & Islamic Studies), University of Melbourne, 2000
  • Bachelor of Music, University of Melbourne, 2000
  • Associate Diploma in Music, Australia, 1991


  • 2010. The Dean’s Media Engagement Awards (Commendation)
  • 2008. HDR Poster Exhibition: Arts Winner
  • 2006. APA I Scholarship (PhD)