Luis Manuel Olguin

Luis Manuel Olguin

Graduate Student


Personal Website


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 in Peru to respectively hide and expose the largest corruption scandal in the country’s judiciary.   My data includes several months of media coverage on the case and a sui generis collection of audio recordings culled from a leak of +60,000 police wiretaps.

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


  • 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, Sociology of Culture, Language and Social Interaction, Linguistic Anthrpology, Sociolinguistics

Comprehensive exams: Conversation Analysis and Economic Sociology


Language and social interaction. Reciprocity and exchange behavior. Economic conversation analysis. Exposure, leaks, and sense making of contentious interactions. 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)



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