Amanda Lucia (MA, PhD, University of Chicago) is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies at University of California-Riverside. Her research engages transnational articulations of modern, global Hinduism. Her forthcoming book, White Utopias: Spirituality, Transformational Festivals, and American Yoga, focuses on the intersections of race and American adoptions of Indic spirituality. She is also crafting a body of research on celebrity gurus, sexuality, scandal, and mediated religion. Her first book, Reflections of Amma: Devotees in a Global Embrace (2014), focused on transnationalism and gender in a global guru movement. Her articles have been published in leading journals in the field.