Kayla Renée Wheeler

Position
Advisory Board
Bio/Description

Kayla Renée Wheeler is an Assistant Professor of Critical Ethnic and Black Studies, a Faculty Associate in the Department of Theology, and the Africana Studies Program Director at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the research director at the Center for the Study of Religion and the City at Morgan Study University. Wheeler earned her Ph.D. in Religious Studies with a concentration in Islam in America from the University of Iowa in 2017. She is an expert in contemporary Islam and Black material culture. Currently, she is writing a book entitled, Fashioning Black Islam, which provides a history of Black Muslim fashion in the United States from the 1930s to the present. She is the author of the digital humanities project, Mapping Malcolm's Boston, which explores Malcolm X's life in Boston from the 1940s to 1950s. Dr. Wheeler is also the curator of the award-winning Black Islam Syllabus.