Luis Manuel Olguin

Luis Manuel Olguin

Graduate Student


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I study how language and interaction media shape social action and moral perceptions in everyday life. Broadly, my current research is divided into two areas:

  • The first area explores reciprocity and economic activities, focusing on the strategies we use to handle moral obligations and issues of transactionalism in mundane social exchanges.
  • My second area of research takes a look at conversation in its own right, exploring how everyday speaking practices (re)create different forms of institutional realities.

In my dissertation, I take a recent scandal in Peru’s judiciary as a case study to explore favor exchange, obfuscation, and group solidarity in everyday corruption practice. My data includes several months of news media coverage on the scandal and phone conversations culled from the massive audio leak that revealed it.


  • 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)

Fields of Study

Conversation Analysis, Economic Sociology, Language and Social Interaction, Linguistic Anthropology

Comprehensive exams: Conversation Analysis and Economic Sociology


Language and social interaction. Reciprocity and exchange behavior. Economic conversation analysis. Exposure, leaks, and public sense making of recorded behavior. Spanish conversation.

Awards & Grants

  • 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)