Previously a lecturer at California State University (CSU) Sacramento, Amara received her PhD from the University of California Davis in 2018 and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at CSU East Bay. Her main areas of focus are cultural sociology, social movements, and complex organizations, with broader interests in post/colonialism, feminist theory, critical race theory, social psychology, and historical/field methods. Her dissertation unpacks the ways cultural appropriation, professionalization, and commodification have contributed to the secularization of yoga as the practice was popularized in North America during the last fifty years.
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