Academic interests

Africana religions; Islamic studies; U.S. history; modern Middle East; religion and politics.


Religion and Culture; Introduction to Islam; African American religions; Islam in America; Religion and Racism; Theories of Religion; Islam and Modernity.


National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Seminar Director, 2015, 2017. 
Fulbright Fellow, 2009-2010 
Carnegie Scholar, 2008-2009
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, National Humanities Center, 2004-2005.
Middle East Partnership Initiative Grant, United States Department of State and USAID, 2004-2005.
Andrew Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies, 1993-4.


The Practice of Islam in America. (NYU Press, 2017).
Muslim Americans in the Military: Centuries of Service. (IU Press, 2016).
Bloomsbury Reader on Islam in the West. (Bloomsbury, 2015).
The Call of Bilal: Islam in the African Diaspora. (UNC Press, 2014).
Encyclopedia of Muslim-American History, general editor. (Facts on File, 2010).
Muslims in America: A Short History (Oxford University Press, 2009).
New Black Gods: Arthur Huff Fauset and the Study of African American Religions, co-editor (IU Press, 2009). 
The Columbia Sourcebook of Muslims in the United States, editor (Columbia University Press, 2008).
Black Muslim Religion in the Nation of Islam, 1960-1975, (UNC Press, 2006).
Islam in Black America: Identity, Liberation, and Difference in African-American Islamic Thought (SUNY Press, 2002).


Co-Founder and Co-Editor, Journal of Africana Religions, 2011- 
Co-Director, "World Religions in Greater Indianapolis," Ivy Tech Community College, 2015-2017.