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Kayla Renée Wheeler

Assistant Professor Gender and Diversity Studies, Xavier University

Kayla Renée Wheeler is a fashion studies and Islamic studies scholar. Currently, she is writing a book entitled book entitled, Fashioning Black Islam, which focuses on contemporary Black Muslim dress practices in the United States. The book explores how, for Black Muslim women, fashion acts a site of intra-religious and intra-racial dialogue over what it means to be Black, Muslim, and woman in the United States. You can follow her research progress at She is the curator of the Black Islam Syllabus, which highlights the histories and contributions of Black Muslims. She is also the author of Mapping Malcolm’s Boston: Exploring the City that Made Malcolm X, which traces Malcolm X’s life in Boston from 1940 to 1953.


  • –present
    Assistant Professor of Area & Global Studies and Digital Studies, Grand Valley State University


  • 2017 
    University of Iowa, PhD, Religious Studies (Islam in America concentration)