Conversation Analysis

The CA Working Group continues to foster the growing community of conversation analytic scholars through a facilitation of scholarly exchange between faculty and graduate students within the Department. We are proud of our relations with other Sociology Working Groups and with the broader UCLA community. Our working group continues to attract language and social interaction scholars from a range of allied departments and centers at the University. 

Our primary goal is to establish and strengthen ties between graduate students and faculty working in our field within the Department of Sociology.  At present the CA faculty have a range of courses and data analysis seminars detailing the substance and methodology of conversation analysis. The working group is distinctive in providing a forum in which students can try out ideas for potential publications, showcase their own data sets, and test run relatively developed papers for conferences and symposia.  Correspondingly, the working group provides students and faculty with an opportunity to witness and provide critical feedback on works in progress by faculty and other scholars.  Click here to join the CAWG email list.

— Spring 2019 Events —

Thursday, May 16th:

Jeffrey Robinson

Professor and Department of Communication Chair, Portland State University

"Candidate-Answer Questions, Preference Organization, and the Right Side of the Transition Space"

5:00-6:30pm, Haines 279

Thursday, May 23rd:

John Heritage

Distinguished Professor of Sociology, UCLA

"Two preferences in the design of polar questions, and their management"

5:00-6:30pm, Haines 279

Thursday, May 30th:

Giovanni Rossi

Assistant Professor, UCLA Dept. of Sociology

“Treating help as not taken for granted: thanking in informal interaction”

5:00-6:30pm, Haines 279

Thursday, June 6th:

Kristella Montiegel

PhD Student, UCLA Dept. of Sociology

"Other-initiated repair as a pedagogical strategy for developing deaf or hard-of-hearing children's spoken language in an oral classroom"

5:00-6:30pm, Haines 279


Past Speakers


Amanda McArthur
PhD Candidate, UCLA Dept. of Sociology

Daria Bahtina
Postdoctoral Researcher, UCLA Dept. of Sociology

Anne Elizabeth Clark White
Dept. of Internal Medicine, UC Davis

Jay Meehan
Dept. of Sociology, Anthropology, Social Work, & Criminal Justice, Oakland University

Jan David Hauck
Dept. of Anthropology, UCLA

Caroline Tietbohl
PhD Candidate, UCLA Dept. of Sociology

Xiaoting Li
Assistant Professor, Department of East Asian Studies, University of Alberta

Clara Bergen
PhD Candidate, UCLA Dept. of Sociology

J.P. de Ruiter
Professor of Computer Science and Psychology, Tufts University

Kevin Whitehead
Assistant Professor, Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara

Fang Li
Associate Professor, Applied Linguistics & Institute for Medical Humanities, Peking University

Joanna Thornborrow
Professor, Linguistics & English Language, Université de Bretagne Occidentale

Alexandra Tate
PhD Candidate, UCLA Dept. of Sociology

Keith Cox
PhD Student, UCLA Dept. of Sociology

Luis Manuel Olguin
PhD Student, UCLA Dept. of Sociology

Elliott Hoey
Post-doctoral Researcher, Loughborough University

John Heritage & Amanda McArthur
Distinguished Professor, UCLA Dept. of Sociology;
PhD Student, UCLA Dept. of Sociology

Amparo Garcia-Ramon
PhD Candidate, Spanish Philology, University of Valencia


Current CAWG Coordinators: 

Keith Cox (

Ruey-Ying Liu (

Steve Clayman (