Amanda Lucia’s research engages encounters between Hinduism and American religions. Her first book is an ethnographic account of Mata Amritanandamayi’s guru movement in the United States, entitled Reflections of Amma: Devotees in a Global Embrace (2014). Lucia’s current research investigates the creation of sacred space and subjectivity through cultural appropriation in contemporary transformational and yoga festivals in the United States. She is also engaged in a collaborative humanities studio researching religious festivals in immigrant communities in Southern California. Her articles and reviews have been published in Nidān, CrossCurrents, History of Religions, Journal of Asian Studies, and Journal of Hindu Studies.