Luis Manuel Olguin

Luis Manuel Olguin

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Broadly, my scholarly work focuses on the science of conversation and the social, political, and cultural life of natural language records. I hold advanced degrees in Linguistics and Sociology, and I’m currently a PhD candidate in Sociology.

My dissertation interrogates indirectness in everyday language and social interaction, applying conversation-analytic methods to explore communication strategies and relationship obligations among judges, politicians, and others exposed in a major corruption scandal in Peru. My data comes from several months of news media coverage and +150 audio recordings from police wiretapping leaked by the Peruvian press.

Since 2020, I’ve been involved in an international initiative to promote the methods of conversation analysis (CA) for the study of language and social interaction in Spanish-speaking academia. As part of this effort, together with a group of colleagues from Latin America and Spain, I coordinate Seminario Permanente de Análisis de la Conversación (SPAC), a virtual space for learning what CA is all about — ¡en español! The schedule is here, and a post about it here. ¡No dudes en contactarme si tienes interés en participar de estas actividades! Additionally, in 2022, my dear colleague Chase Raymond (UC Boulder, Linguistics) and I published the first introductory monograph on CA written in Spanish. You can find the book here and a review (in Spanish) here.


  • 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, Language and Social Interaction, Social Psychology

Comprehensive exams: Conversation Analysis and Economic Sociology


Language and social interaction in everyday life; News media and communication technologies; Conversation Analysis; Spanish language and Latin American social institutions


Raymond, Chase W. & Luis Manuel Olguín (2022) Análisis de la Conversación: Fundamentos, metodología y alcances. New York: Routledge.

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)