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Teruko Mitsuhara


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Email    tmitsuhara@ucla.edu
Office  351B Haines Hall


Ph.D. Anthropology, University of California Los Angeles, 2019: Moving Toward Utopia: Language, Empathy, and Chastity among Mobile Mothers and Children in Mayapur, West Bengal


2018 UCLA Dissertation Year Fellowship 

2018 American Association of University Women — Dissertation Writing Fellowship (declined)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


Utopia; intentional communities; religious migration; multilingualism; children's peer-group socialization; 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.