Lyndell Williams (Layla Abdullah-Poulos) has a B.A. in Historical Studies and Literature, M.A. in Liberal Studies, and an AC in Women and Gender Studies. She presently teaches history as an adjunct instructor.
Williams a cultural critic with a background in literary criticism specializing in romance. She is the managing editor of the NbA Muslims blog on Patheos, a cultural contributor for Radio Islam USA and a writer for About Islam.
She received 2017 The Francis Award from The International Association for the Study of Popular Romance (IASPR). Her peer-reviewed journal article “TThe Stable Muslim Love Triangle – Triangular Desire in African American Muslim Romance Fiction” was published in the Journal of Popular Romance Studies.