Alexa Hepburn, Research Professor, Communication, Director of RUCAL
Dr. Hepburn’s research explores the transcription and interactional management of emotion, epistemics and asymmetry. Her work has highlighted limitations in more traditional perspectives on emotion and influence, and supported applied work on emotion in professional client encounters, such as helplines, medical consultations and end of life interaction in hospices. She is currently working closely with video materials of family mealtimes and clinical and counselling encounters, as well as various types of telephone interaction. She established Loughborough University’s Helpline Research Unit and became its first director; in addition she has built a strong relationship with the UK’s largest helpline accrediting organization, the Helplines Partnership. She is a co-author (with Galina Bolden) of a book on transcription for interactional researchers.
Galina Bolden, Professor, Communication
Dr. Bolden (PhD, UCLA) uses Conversation Analysis to conduct research on talk in Russian and English languages, as well as bilingual Russian-English conversations across a variety of ordinary and institutional (especially healthcare) settings.Her research examines how participants enact and negotiate their cultural identities and personal relationships in and through talk-in-interaction. She is currently investigating conversational activities in immigrant families, Russian-language specific conversational practices, as well as interactions in mental health settings. She is a co-author (with Alexa Hepburn) of Transcribing for Social Research.
Jenny Mandelbaum, Professor, Communication
Dr. Mandelbaum’s (PhD, UT Austin) research uses the methods of Conversation Analysis to examine everyday talk-in-interaction. She is particularly interested in how a variety of aspects of the organization of interaction pertain to social relationships and identities. Her work includes studies of storytelling, repair organization, the management of social knowledge (epistemics), and the implementation and consequences of such actions as recruiting assistance from others, requesting, offering, assessing, and complaining. She is working with a large database of field video-recordings of families engaged in routine activities (eating meals, preparing and cleaning up from them, “hanging out” in front of the TV, doing homework, etc.). Currently, together with her students, she is exploring how parents (and other family members) respond to children’s (including grown children’s) social infractions.
Lisa Mikesell, Associate Professor, Communication
Dr. Mikesell (PhD, UCLA) investigates the communication and social practices used to negotiate interactions in a variety of health and mental health contexts. Much of her work examines the situated communication practices of individuals diagnosed with neurological and psychiatric disorders to provide a grounded perspective on everyday functioning and community participation. She also examines clinical work practices and clinical reasoning to consider applications of patient-centered constructs such as shared decision making. Her work informs our understanding of best practices, intervention development and implementation and therefore contains a strong applied component, particularly to inquiry in health services.
Jonathan Potter, Dean, School of Communication & Information
Dr. Potter was a key figure in the development of discursive psychology, an approach to psychological matters that draws heavily on the methods of conversation analysis. He has researched the nature of social science research methods, such as focus groups and interviews. When not occupied with academic leadership, his recent work has focused on interaction in telephone helplines, the nature of advice giving, directives and threats in family interaction, and laughter. He hopes to write a book that reworks psychology from an interactional perspective.
Marissa Caldwell, SC&I PhD Program
Marissa Caldwell is a Ph.D. student in Communication at Rutgers University. She previously earned her M.A. in English from West Chester University in 2019, where she used Conversation Analysis to study questioning tactics and pursuits in U.S. House and Senate hearings. Her primary research interests are in Conversation Analysis of various genres of U.S. political discourse.
Hee Chung Chun, SC&I PhD Program
Hee Chung is a Ph.D. student in Communication. She obtained her M.A, degree in Korean Studies – Teaching Korean as a Foreign Language from Ewha Womans University in South Korea and has been teaching Korean since 2011. Her research examines everyday interactions in Korean, especially language use and social interaction of Korean American population. She expects to focus on intercultural and translingual aspects of their communication.
Dana Licciardello, SC&I MCM student
Dana is an MCM student in Communication. Her current interests include how emotions are expressed verbally in conversation during face to face interaction and how the epistemics of close relationships lead to ‘fights about nothing.’
Song Hee Park, SC&I PhD Program
Song Hee is a Ph.D. candidate in Communication. Her research examines language and social interaction in both ordinary and institutional settings: conversations between family and friends, doctor-patient consultations, and communication among healthcare providers. Most recently she focuses on dental consultations in Korea. Her work informs our understanding of different communication practices across cultures and across medical specialties.
Aleksandr Shirokov, SC&I PhD Program
Aleksandr Shirokov is a Ph.D. student in Communication. He obtained his M.A. degree in Sociology from a joint master’s program of Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences and the University of Manchester. He uses Conversation Analysis to examine doctor-patient communication and works with a database of Russian-language video-recordings of medical consultations. Currently, he explores the topic of epistemics or knowledge-in-interaction, specifically, how patients produce medical claims in communication with doctors.
Wan Wei, SC&I PhD Program
Wan is a Ph.D. candidate in Communication at Rutgers University. She obtained her M.A. in interpersonal/health communication from University at Albany, SUNY. She studies face-to-face interaction in both everyday and institutional settings. Her research interests include provider-patient communication across different medical contexts, service encounter interactions, repair organization, family communication, and Chinese conversation analysis. Wan’s dissertation draws upon a corpus of video-recorded provider-patient interactions in Chinese hospitals.
Kaicheng Zhan, SC&I PhD Program
Kaicheng is a Ph.D. candidate in Communication. She received two M.A. degrees, one in Linguistics and one in Communication and Rhetorical Studies, both from Syracuse University. During her time at Syracuse University, she also received a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). Kaicheng’s research focuses on both everyday and institutional interactions in English and Mandarin Chinese, especially those surrounding topics of food, healthfulness and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
Beth Angell, Dean & Professor, School of Social Work, Virginia Commonwealth University
Dr. Angell (PhD, U Wisconsin Madison) conducts research on mental health services for people with serious mental illnesses, particularly on issues of engagement in and adherence to treatment. Her past and current studies in this area have examined how legal and informal strategies are used to promote treatment adherence, as well as the role of the consumer-provider relationship and consumer self-determination in that process. Her current projects include a conversation analytic study of client-provider communication about medication management.
Alexa Bolaños-Carpio, Visiting Professor, Universidad de Costa Rica
Dr. Bolaños-Carpio (PhD, Rutgers) is a faculty member at the University of Costa Rica. Her research examines aspects of naturally occurring interactions in institutional and everyday settings in Spanish and English. She is currently interested in investigating emergency calls in Costa Rica, focusing on place formulation and the reason for calling.
Stephen DiDomenico, Assistant Professor, SUNY New Paltz
Dr. DiDomenico (Ph.D., Rutgers University) is an assistant professor of qualitative communication inquiry at SUNY New Paltz. His research is interdisciplinary and broadly focuses on the moment-by-moment dynamics of everyday interpersonal encounters. In particular he uses qualitative methods – especially discourse analytic and ethnographic approaches – to examine the situated communication practices that participants use to construct activities, identities, and relationships in a variety of ordinary and professional settings. Specific topics of interest include mental health help seeking and support services, technology use and embodiment in conversation, and genres of oral narrative in LGBTQ communities.
Heidi Kevoe-Feldman, Associate Professor, Northeastern University
Dr. Kevoe-Feldman’s (PhD, Rutgers) research provides accounts of social conduct in both ordinary and institutional contexts, with a current focus on police-citizen interaction in University settings. She utilizes conversation analysis to examine topics such as accounts in routine police traffic stops, how callers and call takers manage ‘check wellness’ requests to police, and citizens’ reporting tips and rumors to police during a crisis. She has also researched customer service communication, specifically looking at customers’ communication practices for breaking through organizational resistance.
Sasha Kurlenkova, NYU PhD student
Sasha Kurlenkova is a social scientist interested in body, technologies, and disability. In 2015-2016, Sasha gained a Master’s degree in Sociology from Shaninka (Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences). She also worked as a researcher at the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, Russian Academy of Sciences, studying sensory practices and assistive technologies used by blind and low-vision people, through ethnography and qualitative interviews. Since 2018, Sasha has been a PhD student at the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication (New York University). She is now studying organization of aided / assisted communication using Ethnography and Conversation Analysis. In her PhD dissertation she is looking at how people with speech impairments and their conversational partners deploy communicators (a phone app or laptop program) and eye-trackers to build meaning together.
Anita Pomerantz, Professor Emerita, Albany, SUNY
Dr. Pomerantz (PhD, UC Irvine) uses audio and videotapes of interaction to analyze the principles relied upon and the methods used for agreeing and disagreeing, seeking information, and negotiating responsibility for blameworthy and praiseworthy deeds. She studies provider-patient roles, patients’ methods for actualizing their agendas, and the work of supervising physicians in ambulatory clinics. More recently she has studied jurors’ practices for taking issue with one another during jury deliberation, ways non-native speakers reply on background knowledge and resources from their first language in managing mutual understanding in their second language, and how recipients analyze the ‘purpose of the query’ in understanding and responding to a prior query. Currently she is completing a book on Asking and Telling in Social Interaction.
Jeffrey Robinson, Professor, Portland State University
Dr. Robinson (PhD, UCLA) specializes in Language and Social Interaction, which examines the rules that guide interactants’ use and interpretation of language, and the role of talk-in-interaction in the construction and negotiation of social meanings, identities, and relationships. He also specializes in Health Communication, which examines how and why face-to-face communication (e.g., doctor-patient communication) affects aspects of healthcare and health promotion, including individuals’ physical, emotional, mental, and/or spiritual health.
Darcey Searles, Postdoctoral teaching associate, Northeastern University
Dr. Searles (PhD, Rutgers) researches everyday family interactions, especially those involving younger children. Her projects include topics such as children using Facetime to show objects to family members and how families with children participate in word definitions as an activity. Darcey’s dissertation examines how young children constitute their family relationships in sibling-only contexts as well as in larger family activities, revealing a variety of interactional practices that compose everyday family life.
Alex Tate, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Chicago
Dr. Tate (PhD, UCLA) studies doctor-patient interaction in complex illness settings, including palliative/end-of-life care, care for aging adults, and cancer care. More specifically, she looks at how the doctor-patient relationship affects clinical interactions and decision-making. Her other research projects include physician attitudes towards advance care planning discussions, mental health problem presentations in primary care, treatment recommendations in complex illness settings, and physician solicitation of patient concerns in primary care.