Anna Piela is a visiting scholar at the department of religious studies at Northwestern University. She has a Ph.D. in Women’s Studies from the University of York (U.K.). Her research interests are primarily Islam and gender. She is currently a primary investigator on an American Academy of Religion-funded project on racial identity performances of white female Polish converts to Islam. Last year her book, Wearing the Niqab: Muslim Women in the UK and the US, was published by Bloomsbury Academic. Follow her work at her website and on Twitter @annapiela999.