Teruko Mitsuhara


Teruko Mitsuhara


Office: 351B Haines Hall

Email: tmitsuhara@ucla.edu


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.

Awards & Grants


  • 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


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