Kayla (Durcholz) Dang is primarily interested in the transmission of religion, especially the in the context of Iran in Late Antiquity. Her research focuses on the continuity of the Zoroastrian priesthood from the Sasanian period into the Islamic period, and specifically the religious institutions that provide the framework for such transmission. Therefore she studies practices of religious education, textual composition and compilation, manuscript traditions, as well as the socio-political history of the priests themselves, utilizing sources in a variety of languages including Middle Persian, Parthian, Armenian, Arabic, and Syriac.
Kayla has an M.A. in Iranian Studies from SOAS, University of London, where she studied Zoroastrianism and Avestan, and is now pursuing her PhD in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Yale University. However, she comes from a background in Classics, having obtained an M.A. in Classics from the University of Southern California as well as a B.A. in Classics from the University of Notre Dame.