Dr. McCloud is professor of Islamic Studies in the Department of Religious Studies at DePaul University and the Director of the Islamic World Studies Program. She is the author of African American Islam, Questions of Faith, Transnational Muslims in American Society and Silks: The Textures of American Muslim Women’s Lives. She is currently working on Owning Islam: African American Islam in 21st Century and author of over twenty articles on topics ranging from Islamic Law to Muslim women.
Also, she is a Fulbright Scholar, consultant on Muslim affairs for the courts, and current editor of The Journal of Islamic Law and Culture. She is the founder of the Islam in America Conference at DePaul University which houses the Journal of Islamic Law and Culture and the “Islam in America Archives.” As of January, 2004 she has run the only undergraduate baccalaureate Islamic World Studies program.
She is, a board member of Radio Islam, the Institute for Social and Policy Understanding, Feminist Sexual Ethics Project (Brandeis U), and works as an educator for the Middle East Policy Council on understanding Islam and Arabic cultures. She has received grants for her work from the Ford Foundation, Illinois Humanities Council, Graham Architectural Foundation and the Lilly Foundation. Dr. McCloud has also worked on a number of television projects on Muslims.