Grad Students

L. Manuel Olguin

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I study how our everyday use of interaction media - from spontaneous talk to digital platforms - shapes moral perception and collaborative action, in particular, surrounding money and economic activities. 

My doctoral research examines the efforts of state officials and investigative reporters to respectively hide and expose corruption in Peru. 

Check out my personal website for a fuller and up-to-date description of my work! 

Fields of Study

Conversation Analysis, Economic Sociology, Linguistic Anthropology. 


Language and social interaction. Economic conversation analysis. Exposure, leaks, corruption, and transparency in state organizations.  Spanish conversation, indirect speech, and rhetoric. 

Grants and Awards

  • 2020/21 Academic Year Fellowship (UCLA Sociology, 2020)
  • Field Research Grant (UCLA LAI - Tinker Foundation, 2019)
  • Graduate Summer Research Mentorship (UCLA Grad Division, 2017)
  • 2016/17 Academic Year Fellowship (UCLA Sociology, 2016)
  • PAIP Programa de Apoyo a la Investigación en Posgrado - Grant (PUCP, 2012)
  • BEA Beca a la Excelencia Académica - Scholarship (PUCP, 2010)


  • With Chase Raymond, (in preparation) Análisis de la Conversación, Routledge - Taylor and Francis.


  • PhD Candidate in Sociology, University of California - Los Angeles (2020)
  • M.A. in Sociology, University of California - Los Angeles (2018)
  • M.A. in Linguistics, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (2013)
  • B.A. in Humanities - Linguistics Major, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (2011)