Linda Woodhead is a writer and academic. She was educated at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and her first job was as lecturer at Ripon College Cuddesdon, Oxford. After Oxford, she went to Lancaster University where she is now Professor of Sociology of Religion. Her main interest is in documenting and analysing religious change in modern societies, relating it to wider social changes, and thinking through practical and political implications. She has carried out research in Britain, the USA, India and parts of Europe, and has written about Christianity, spirituality, neo-Hinduism and Islam in Europe. Her books include Christianity: A Very Short Introduction, The Spiritual Revolution and Religion and Change in Modern Britain.