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Teruko Vida Mitsuhara

Contact Information

Email    tmitsuhara (at) ucla (dot) edu
Office  Haines 318

Fields of Study

Linguistic Anthropology


Multilingualism; children's peer-group socialization; religious migration and language contact; Russian, Bengali, and Spanish in West Bengal; Guru English, religious code and language enchantment, conversion, Gaudiya Vaishnavism, Hare Krishnas, India and U.S.

Grants and Awards

2016 National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant
2016 Wenner Gren Dissertation Research Fellowship
2015 Alice Belkin Memorial Scholarship
2015 Hiroshi Wagatsuma Memorial Fellowship and UCLA Asia Institute
2015 Dr. Penny Anawalt Grant
2015 UCLA CLIC Field Equipment Award
2015 Department of Education Critical Language Scholarship - Bengali
2014 UCLA Anthropology Department Research and Conference Grant
2014-2015 Graduate Research Mentorship
2014 Laurie Duthie Fellowship
2013 UCLA Anthropology Research Grant
2013 Graduate Summer Research Mentorship
2013 American Institute of Indian Studies Fellowship
2013 Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship (Honorable Mention)
2012 Graduate Summer Research Mentorship
2011 Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship

Conference Presentations

2016: "Building religious homeland together: relations between Bengali and immigrant communities in West Bengal, India.”Forthcoming paper at 14th European Association of Social Anthropologists Biennial Conference. July 20-23.

2015: “Elision and Conversion: Straddling Holy and Profane Syntax and Prosody.” Paper presented at Symposium About Language and Society Austin XXIII. April 16-17.

"Language of Spiritual Enchantment." Paper presented at UCLA Graduate Conference on Religion. May 30.

2013: "Guru-Speak: The Enregisterment of Guru Indian English among Anglo-American Hare Krishnas." Paper at the 2013 Annual Meetings of the American Anthropological Association. Nov 20-24. 

2013: (with Christopher Stephan). "'Krishna works in mysterious ways': Is it Syncretism? The case of Hare Christna." Paper presented at the 2013 Society for the Anthropology of Religion Biennial Meetings. April 12-14.

2013: "Partying with Krishna: 'Chant and be happy.'" Paper presented at the 2013 Society for Psychological Anthropology Biennial Meetings. April 4-7.

2013: "Finding agency, spiritual enchantment, and liberation through 'nonliberal' religious movements: Hare Krishna Women and the 'moral narrative of modernity.'" Paper presented at the UCLA 23rd Annual Thinking Gender Graduate Student Conference hosted by UCLA's Center for the Study of Women. Feb 1.

2012: "The Efficacy of Hare Krishna Narrative Practice." Paper presented at the 2012 meetings of the American Ethnological Society: Anthropologists Engage the World. April 19-21. 

2012: "Creating a Moral Self: The Efficacy of Hare Krishna Narrative Practice." Paper presented at the UC San Diego and UC Los Angeles 2012 Graduate Student Conference on Culture and Mind: New Perspectives in Psychological Anthropology. March 2.


PhD Advisors:
Elinor Ochs
Jennifer Jackson
Marjorie H. Goodwin
Akhil Gupta

MA Advisors:
Elinor Ochs (Chair)
Marjorie H. Goodwin
Douglas Hollan
Jennifer Jackson


B.A. Linguistics & Anthropology, University of California Los Angeles (2011)
M.A. Anthropology, University of California Los Angeles (2013)