Photo of Rachel WoodlockDr Rachel Woodlock is an academic and writer with a special interest in the experiences of Muslims 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, Muslim feminism, and heterodox Islamic religious movements.

Rachel co-wrote For God’s Sake: An Atheist, a Jew, a Christian and a Muslim Debate Religion with Jane Caro, Antony Loewenstein, and Simon Smart (Pan Macmillan, 2013), a book of vignettes on contemporary religious questions aimed at a general reading audience. She has also contributed pieces to various media outlets including the Guardian, the Age, and the ABC. 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)