Carla Bellamy is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology in Baruch College’s Department of Sociology And Anthropology. Her first book The Powerful Ephemeral: Everyday Healing in an Ambiguously Islamic Place (University of California Press, 2011) explores religious identity and communalism in modern India. Her current research projects include an ethnography of the Hindu god of misfortune and a study of South Asian modernity through the lens of beliefs about magic.