Doug Maynard

Doug Maynard


Soc 530 Introductory Social Psychology
Soc 535 Talk and Social Interaction
Soc 730 Social Psychology
Soc 735 Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis

Conway-Bascom Professor of Sociology
Harold Garfinkel Faculty Fellow
8101 Sewell Social Sciences
(608) 265-5583
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Office Hours: on sabbatical (Spr'16)

Selected Publications:

1984  Inside Plea Bargaining: The Language of Negotiation. (Monograph.) New York: Plenum Press.

2002  D.W. Maynard, H. Houtkoop-Steenstra, N.C. Schaeffer, and H. van der Zouwen (eds.) Standardization and Tacit Knowledge: Interaction and Practice in the Survey Interview. New York: Wiley Interscience.

2003  Bad News, Good News: Conversational Order in Everyday Talk and Clinical Settings. (Monograph.) Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

2006  John Heritage and D.W. Maynard (eds.) Communication in Medical Care: Interaction between Primary Care Physicians and Patients. Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press.


2014  D.W. Maynard and M.M. Hollander. "Asking to Speak to Another: A Skill for Soliciting Survey Participation." Research on Language & Social Interaction 47:28-48.

2013  D.W. Maynard. "Everyone and No One to Turn To: Intellectual Roots and Contexts for Conversation Analysis." Pp. 11-31 in Jack Sidnell and Tanya Stivers (eds.) Handbook of Conversation Analysis. New York: Blackwell-Wiley.

2013  D. W. Maynard and J. Turowetz. "Language Use and Social Interaction." Pp. 251-280 in John Delamater and Amanda Ward (eds.) Handbook of Social Psychology. New York: Kluwer Academic/ Plenum.

2012  D. W. Maynard and J. Freese. "Good News, Bad News, and Affect: Practical and Temporal 'Emotion Work' In Everyday Life." Pp. 92-112 in Anssi Peräkylä and Marja-Leena Sorjonen (eds.) Emotion in Interaction. Cambridge UK: Cambridge University Press.

2011  D.W. Maynard, N.C. Schaeffer, and J. Freese. "Improving Response Rates in Telephone Interviews." Pp. 54-74 in C. Antaki (ed.) Applied Conversation Analysis: Intervention and Change in Institutional Talk. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Departmental Areas of Interest:
Deviance, Law, and Social Control
Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis
General Social Theory
History of Sociology
Medical Sociology
Qualitative Methods
Social Psychology and Microsociology

Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies

Research Interest Statement:
My orientation within sociology involves the subfields of ethnomethodology and conversation analysis along with ethnography. I use videotape and audiotape of real people in actual (not experimental or other contrived) settings dealing with one another through talk and related prosodic and embodied behaviors. I have investigated the structures of topical talk, discussions in legal settings, interviews in educational and survey settings, medical encounters, and other social arenas. Two current (2014-15) projects include (1) an NSF-funded field study related to Science and Technology Studies, entitled "A Sociology of Testing, Diagnosis and Autism Spectrum Disorder,” and (2) an NIH-funded study on communication about end-of-life issues in oncology clinics. A long-time project has involved collaboration with Prof. Nora Cate Schaeffer on interaction in the survey interview, most recently with regard to the problem of survey nonresponse and also the problem of "refusal conversion." Several graduate students are involved as project assistants with me on these various endeavors.

Here is a list of publications including books as well as selected and downloadable journal articles.

I teach courses on language and social interaction (conversation analysis) and ethnomethodology as well as social psychology, and I have broad interests in theory, methodology, and science and technology studies.