About Me


I am an Assistant Professor of Area & Global Studies and Digital Studies at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI.  I received my PhD in Religious Studies from the University of Iowa in May 2017.  I have an M.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Iowa, an M.A. in Islam and the West from Queen Mary, University of London and an M.A. in Bioethics from Case Western Reserve University.

My research interests include Islam in the Americas, Islam and gender, digital identity, , religion and media, material religion, and Black performativity.

Currently, I am conducting research tentatively for my book entitled, Fashioning Black Islam, which will explore how Black Muslim fashion designers, stylists, and social media taste makers use fashion to challenge hegemonic Islamic femininity, to create alternative modes of Islamic knowledge production and transmission by centering materiality and embodied practices, and to construct networks of belonging based on a shared BlackMuslimWoman identity that is facilitated by social media.

I am the curator of the #BlackIslamSyllabus:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1avhgPrW30AFjegzV9X5aPqkZUA3uGd0-BZr9_zhArtQ

You can contact me at kayla.wheeler@gvsu.edu.

Here is an updated copy of my CV:  Wheeler, Kayla-CV-3.15.18





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