Jean-Paul Willaime obtained a PhD in religious science (1975) and in sociology (1984) in the University of Strasbourg. He is the Director of studies at the École Pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE, Religious Studies section), is owner since 1992 of the studies management "History and Sociology of Protestantism" at the Sorbonne. He is also Director of the Institut européen en sciences des religions (Paris), member of the Groupe Société, Religions, Laïcités (GSRL), and since 2007 President of the Société internationale de sociologie des religions. He is a member of the editorial boards of the Archives de sciences sociales des religions (Paris), Social Compass (Louvain) and the Journal of Contemporary Religion (London). He developed the theory of ultramodernism around the issue of practices of secularism in France and Europe. He was awarded the Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur.