Faculty

Steven Clayman


Professor


Contact Information

Email    clayman@soc.ucla.edu
Office  231 Haines Hall
Phone  310-825-2090
My interests span the organization of spoken interaction and its interface with social institutions.

Most of my research has focused on interactions involved in the practice of journalism and mass communication, most notably broadcast news interviews and presidential news conferences.  I am interested in how these interactions are organized, and what their study can reveal about journalism, press-state relations, political communication systems, and the public sphere.  

Beyond the domain of broadcast journalism, I am interested in how interaction works in a variety of institutional environments and occupational settings ranging from medicine and law to public safety and commerce.  More broadly still, I am interested in ordinary conversation and the organization of interaction per se - what Erving Goffman termed the interaction order - as an institution in its own right and an elementary form of human sociality.

Degrees

Ph. D., University of California, Santa Barbara

Grants

 National Science Foundation 2001-2003 
Project Title: The Evolution of Questioning in Presidential News Conferences 

Goal: To chart historical trends in president-press relations over the last half-century, and to isolate the social factors that explain variations in the aggressiveness with which journalists question the president.

Selected Publications

"The Diversity of Ethnomethodology," Annual Review of Sociology, 1991 (with Douglas W. Maynard). 

"Booing: The Anatomy of a Disaffiliative Response." American Sociological Review, 1993. 

"Gatekeeping in Action: Editorial Conferences and Assessments of Newsworthiness." American Sociological Review, 1998 (co-authored with Anne Reisner). 

The News Interview: Journalists and Public Figures on the Air. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002 (co-authored with John Heritage). 

"Questioning Presidents: Journalistic Deference and Adversarialness in the Press Conferences of U.S. Presidents Eisenhower and Reagan." Journal of Communication, 2002 (co-authored with John Heritage). 

"Arenas of Interaction in the Mediated Public Sphere." Poetics, 2004. 

"Historical Trends in Questioning Presidents 1953-2000." Presidential Studies Quarterly, 2006 (co-authored with Marc Elliott, John Heritage, and Laurie McDonald). 

"When Does the Watchdog Bark: Conditions of Aggressive Questioning in Presidential News Conferences."American Sociological Review, 2007 (co-authored with John Heritage, Marc Elliott, and Laurie McDonald).

Talk in Action: Interactions, Identities, and Institutions.  Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010 (co-authored with John Heritage).

Previous Courses by Term

2017 Spring Quarter

Conversational Structures II

Conversation Analysis II

Practicum in Conversation Analysis: Data Analysis

2017 Winter Quarter

Conversational Structures I

Variable Topics Research Seminars: Sociology

Conversation Analysis I

Special Topics in Sociology

2016 Fall Quarter

Talk and Social Institutions

2016 Spring Quarter

Practicum in Conversation Analysis: Data Analysis

2016 Winter Quarter

Talk and Social Institutions

Conversational Structures II

Conversation Analysis II

2015 Fall Quarter

Conversational Structures I

Variable Topics Research Seminars: Sociology

Conversation Analysis I

Special Topics in Sociology

2015 Spring Quarter

Talk and Social Institutions

Practicum in Conversation Analysis: Data Analysis

2015 Winter Quarter

Sociology of Mass Communication

2014 Fall Quarter

Conversational Structures I

Variable Topics Research Seminars: Sociology

Conversation Analysis I

2014 Winter Quarter

Talk and Social Institutions

Variable Topics Research Seminars: Sociology

Special Topics in Sociology

2013 Fall Quarter

Conversational Structures I

Conversation Analysis I

2013 Spring Quarter

Talk and Social Institutions

2013 Winter Quarter

Sociology of Mass Communication

Variable Topics Research Seminars: Sociology

Special Topics in Sociology

2012 Fall Quarter

Conversational Structures I

Conversation Analysis I

2012 Spring Quarter

Talk and Social Institutions

2012 Winter Quarter

Variable Topics Research Seminars: Sociology

Special Topics in Sociology

2011 Fall Quarter

Conversational Structures I

Sociology of Mass Communication

Conversation Analysis I

2011 Spring Quarter

Proseminar: Sociology

2011 Winter Quarter

Conversational Structures I

Proseminar: Sociology

Conversation Analysis I

2010 Fall Quarter

Talk and Social Institutions

Proseminar: Sociology

Practicum in Conversation Analysis: Data Analysis

2010 Winter Quarter

Conversational Structures I

Theory and Research in Sociology

Conversation Analysis I

2009 Fall Quarter

Talk and Social Institutions

Theory and Research in Sociology

2009 Spring Quarter

Special Topics in Sociology

2009 Winter Quarter

Talk and Social Institutions

2008 Fall Quarter

Community or Corporate Internships in Sociology

Theory and Research in Sociology

2008 Summer Session

Community or Corporate Internships in Sociology

2008 Winter Quarter

Talk and Social Institutions

2007 Fall Quarter

Special Topics in Sociology

2007 Spring Quarter

Proseminar: Sociology

2007 Winter Quarter

Sociology of Mass Communication

Proseminar: Sociology

2006 Fall Quarter

Talk and Social Institutions

Community or Corporate Internship in Sociology

Proseminar: Sociology

2006 Spring Quarter

Proseminar: Sociology

2006 Winter Quarter

Sociology of Mass Communication

Proseminar: Sociology

2005 Fall Quarter

Talk and Social Institutions

Proseminar: Sociology

2005 Spring Quarter

Sociology of Mass Communication

Proseminar: Sociology

2004 Spring Quarter

Talk and Social Institutions

2004 Winter Quarter

Special Topics in Communication Studies: Interpersonal Communication Theory

Undergraduate Seminar

Theory and Research in Sociology

2003 Fall Quarter

Theory and Research in Sociology

2003 Spring Quarter

Talk and Social Institutions

2003 Winter Quarter

Special Topics in Communication Studies: Interpersonal Communication Theory

Undergraduate Seminar

Theory and Research in Sociology

2002 Fall Quarter

Theory and Research in Sociology

2002 Winter Quarter

Talk and Social Institutions

2001 Fall Quarter

Communication Theory

Special Topics in Communication Studies: Interpersonal Communication Theory

Undergraduate Seminar

2001 Spring Quarter

Talk and Social Institutions

2001 Winter Quarter

Sociology of Mass Communication

2000 Fall Quarter

Communication Theory

Special Topics in Communication Studies: Interpersonal Communication Theory

Undergraduate Seminar

2000 Spring Quarter

Talk and Social Institutions

2000 Winter Quarter

Communication Theory

Special Topics in Communication Studies: Interpersonal Communication Theory

Undergraduate Seminar

1999 Winter Quarter

Talk and Social Institutions

1998 Fall Quarter

Communication Theory

Special Topics in Communication Studies: Interpersonal Communication Theory

Undergraduate Seminar

1998 Summer Session
1998 Spring Quarter
1997 Fall Quarter

Previous Courses by Course

SOCIOL 289A
Practicum in Conversation Analysis: Data Analysis

2017 Spring Quarter

2016 Spring Quarter

2015 Spring Quarter

2010 Fall Quarter

SOCIOL M124B
Conversational Structures II

2017 Spring Quarter

2016 Winter Quarter

COMM ST M144B
Conversational Structures II

2017 Spring Quarter

2016 Winter Quarter

SOCIOL 244B
Conversation Analysis II

2017 Spring Quarter

2016 Winter Quarter

SOCIOL 244A
Conversation Analysis I

2017 Winter Quarter

2015 Fall Quarter

2014 Fall Quarter

2013 Fall Quarter

2012 Fall Quarter

2011 Fall Quarter

2011 Winter Quarter

2010 Winter Quarter

COMM ST M144A
Conversational Structures I

2017 Winter Quarter

2015 Fall Quarter

2014 Fall Quarter

2013 Fall Quarter

2012 Fall Quarter

2011 Fall Quarter

2011 Winter Quarter

2010 Winter Quarter

SOCIOL 191V
Variable Topics Research Seminars: Sociology

2017 Winter Quarter

2015 Fall Quarter

2014 Winter Quarter

2013 Winter Quarter

2012 Winter Quarter

SOCIOL M124A
Conversational Structures I

2017 Winter Quarter

2015 Fall Quarter

2014 Fall Quarter

2013 Fall Quarter

2012 Fall Quarter

2011 Fall Quarter

2011 Winter Quarter

2010 Winter Quarter

SOCIOL 285F
Special Topics in Sociology

2017 Winter Quarter

2012 Winter Quarter

SOCIOL C258
Talk and Social Institutions

2016 Fall Quarter

2016 Winter Quarter

2015 Spring Quarter

2014 Winter Quarter

2013 Spring Quarter

2012 Spring Quarter

2010 Fall Quarter

2009 Fall Quarter

2008 Winter Quarter

2006 Fall Quarter

2005 Fall Quarter

2004 Spring Quarter

2003 Spring Quarter

2002 Winter Quarter

2001 Spring Quarter

SOCIOL CM125
Talk and Social Institutions

2016 Fall Quarter

2016 Winter Quarter

2015 Spring Quarter

2014 Winter Quarter

2013 Spring Quarter

2012 Spring Quarter

2010 Fall Quarter

2009 Fall Quarter

2008 Winter Quarter

2006 Fall Quarter

2005 Fall Quarter

2004 Spring Quarter

2003 Spring Quarter

2002 Winter Quarter

2001 Spring Quarter

2000 Spring Quarter

1999 Winter Quarter

COMM ST M125
Talk and Social Institutions

2016 Fall Quarter

2016 Winter Quarter

2015 Spring Quarter

2014 Winter Quarter

2013 Spring Quarter

2012 Spring Quarter

2010 Fall Quarter

2009 Fall Quarter

2009 Winter Quarter

2008 Winter Quarter

2006 Fall Quarter

SOCIOL 285A
Special Topics in Sociology

2015 Fall Quarter

2014 Winter Quarter

COMM ST M147
Sociology of Mass Communication

2015 Winter Quarter

2013 Winter Quarter

2011 Fall Quarter

2007 Winter Quarter

SOCIOL M176
Sociology of Mass Communication

2015 Winter Quarter

2013 Winter Quarter

2011 Fall Quarter

2007 Winter Quarter

2006 Winter Quarter

2005 Spring Quarter

2001 Winter Quarter

SOCIOL 97
Variable Topics Research Seminars: Sociology

2014 Fall Quarter

SOCIOL 285B
Special Topics in Sociology

2013 Winter Quarter

SOCIOL 201C
Proseminar: Sociology

2011 Spring Quarter

2007 Spring Quarter

2006 Spring Quarter

2005 Spring Quarter

SOCIOL 201B
Proseminar: Sociology

2011 Winter Quarter

2007 Winter Quarter

2006 Winter Quarter

SOCIOL 201A
Proseminar: Sociology

2010 Fall Quarter

2006 Fall Quarter

2005 Fall Quarter

SOCIOL 202B
Theory and Research in Sociology

2010 Winter Quarter

2004 Winter Quarter

2003 Winter Quarter

SOCIOL 202A
Theory and Research in Sociology

2009 Fall Quarter

2008 Fall Quarter

2003 Fall Quarter

2002 Fall Quarter

SOCIOL 180C
Special Topics in Sociology

2009 Spring Quarter

SOCIOL 195
Community or Corporate Internships in Sociology

2008 Fall Quarter

2008 Summer Session

SOCIOL 285C
Special Topics in Sociology

2007 Fall Quarter

SOCIOL 195
Community or Corporate Internship in Sociology

2006 Fall Quarter

COM STD M147
Sociology of Mass Communication

2006 Winter Quarter

2005 Spring Quarter

2001 Winter Quarter

COM STD M125
Talk and Social Institutions

2005 Fall Quarter

2004 Spring Quarter

2003 Spring Quarter

2002 Winter Quarter

2001 Spring Quarter

2000 Spring Quarter

1999 Winter Quarter

SOCIOL 197F
Undergraduate Seminar

2004 Winter Quarter

2003 Winter Quarter

COM STD 197G
Special Topics in Communication Studies: Interpersonal Communication Theory

2004 Winter Quarter

2003 Winter Quarter

2001 Fall Quarter

2000 Fall Quarter

2000 Winter Quarter

1998 Fall Quarter

COM STD 100
Communication Theory

2001 Fall Quarter

2000 Fall Quarter

2000 Winter Quarter

1998 Fall Quarter

SOCIOL 197C
Undergraduate Seminar

2001 Fall Quarter

2000 Fall Quarter

SOCIOL 197E
Undergraduate Seminar

2000 Winter Quarter

SOCIOL 197D
Undergraduate Seminar

1998 Fall Quarter

COM STD 100

1998 Summer Session

1997 Fall Quarter

SOCIOL 197E

1998 Spring Quarter

COM STD M147

1997 Fall Quarter