Faculty

Steven Clayman

Professor

Contact Information

Email    CLAYMAN@SOC.UCLA.EDU
Office  264 Haines Hall
Phone  310-825-2090
I am a conversation analyst with an interest in fundamental structures of human interaction, as well as more specialized interactions implicated in journalism and political communication.

My primary research concerns news interviews, presidential news conferences, and other forms of broadcast talk involving direct encounters between journalists and public figures.  I am interested in what the study of such talk can reveal about journalistic norms, press-state relations, and the sociopolitical landscape.  This is part of a broader interest in the interface between interaction and social institutions, and I have also worked on a variety of institutional domains including political speeches, law courts, and emergency service encounters.  Still more broadly, I am interested in the study of interaction as an institution its own right, what Goffman termed the interaction order, focusing on problems in turn taking and action formation.

Degrees

Ph.D., Sociology, University of Califoria, Santa Barbara

M.A., Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara

B.A., Sociology, Arizona State University

Publications

Steven  Clayman and John Heritage  2002  The News Interview:  Journalists and Public Figures on the Air.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

John Heritage and Steven Clayman  2010  Talk in Action: Interactions, Identities, and Institutions.  Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

Clayman, Steven E.  1993  "Booing: The Anatomy of a Disaffiliative Response." American Sociological Review 58: 110-130.

Clayman, Steven E. and Ann Reisner  1998  "Gatekeeping in Action: Editorial Conferences and Assessments of Newsworthiness," American Sociological Review 63: 178-199.

Clayman, Steven E.  2001  "Answers and Evasions."  Language in Society  30(3): 403-442.

Clayman, Steven E., Marc N. Elliott, John Heritage, and Laurie McDonald  2006  "Historical Trends in Questioning Presidents 1953-2000."  Presidential Studies Quarterly 36: 561-583.

Clayman, Steven E., John Heritage, Marc N. Elliott, and Laurie McDonald  2007  "When Does the Watchdog Bark?: Conditions of Aggressive Questioning in Presidential News Conferences."  American Sociological Review 72: 23-41.

Clayman, Steven E.  2012  "Turn Constructional Units and the Transition Relevance Place in Conversation."  In Tanya Stivers and Jack Sidnell (eds.) Handbook of Conversation Analysis, pp. 150-166.  Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

Current Courses by Term

2017 Winter Quarter

Conversational Structures I

Variable Topics Research Seminars: Sociology

Conversation Analysis I

Special Topics in Sociology

Teaching Apprentice Practicum

2017 Spring Quarter

Conversational Structures II

Conversation Analysis II

Practicum in Conversation Analysis: Data Analysis

Previous Courses by Term

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

COMM ST 289A
Practicum in Conversation Analysis: Data Analysis

2016 Spring Quarter

2015 Spring Quarter

2010 Fall Quarter

COMM ST C258
Talk and Social Institutions

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

COMM ST 244B
Conversation Analysis II

2016 Winter Quarter

COMM ST M125
Talk and Social Institutions

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

2005 Fall Quarter

2004 Spring Quarter

2003 Spring Quarter

2002 Winter Quarter

2001 Spring Quarter

2000 Spring Quarter

1999 Winter Quarter

COMM ST M144B
Conversational Structures II

2016 Winter Quarter

COMM ST CM125
Talk and Social Institutions

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 M124B
Conversational Structures II

2016 Winter Quarter

COMM ST 191V
Variable Topics Research Seminars: Sociology

2015 Fall Quarter

2014 Winter Quarter

2013 Winter Quarter

2012 Winter Quarter

COMM ST M124A
Conversational Structures I

2015 Fall Quarter

2014 Fall Quarter

2013 Fall Quarter

2012 Fall Quarter

2011 Fall Quarter

2011 Winter Quarter

2010 Winter Quarter

COMM ST 285A
Special Topics in Sociology

2015 Fall Quarter

2014 Winter Quarter

COMM ST M144A
Conversational Structures I

2015 Fall Quarter

2014 Fall Quarter

2013 Fall Quarter

2012 Fall Quarter

2011 Fall Quarter

2011 Winter Quarter

2010 Winter Quarter

COMM ST 244A
Conversation Analysis I

2015 Fall Quarter

2014 Fall Quarter

2013 Fall Quarter

2012 Fall Quarter

2011 Fall Quarter

2011 Winter Quarter

2010 Winter Quarter

COMM ST M147
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

COMM ST 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

COMM ST 97
Variable Topics Research Seminars: Sociology

2014 Fall Quarter

COMM ST 285B
Special Topics in Sociology

2013 Winter Quarter

COMM ST 285F
Special Topics in Sociology

2012 Winter Quarter

COMM ST 201C
Proseminar: Sociology

2011 Spring Quarter

2007 Spring Quarter

2006 Spring Quarter

2005 Spring Quarter

COMM ST 201B
Proseminar: Sociology

2011 Winter Quarter

2007 Winter Quarter

2006 Winter Quarter

COMM ST 201A
Proseminar: Sociology

2010 Fall Quarter

2006 Fall Quarter

2005 Fall Quarter

COMM ST 202B
Theory and Research in Sociology

2010 Winter Quarter

2004 Winter Quarter

2003 Winter Quarter

COMM ST 202A
Theory and Research in Sociology

2009 Fall Quarter

2008 Fall Quarter

2003 Fall Quarter

2002 Fall Quarter

COMM ST 180C
Special Topics in Sociology

2009 Spring Quarter

COMM ST 195
Community or Corporate Internships in Sociology

2008 Fall Quarter

2008 Summer Session

COMM ST 285C
Special Topics in Sociology

2007 Fall Quarter

COMM ST 195
Community or Corporate Internship in Sociology

2006 Fall Quarter

COMM ST 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

COMM ST 197F
Undergraduate Seminar

2004 Winter Quarter

2003 Winter Quarter

COMM ST 197C
Undergraduate Seminar

2001 Fall Quarter

2000 Fall Quarter

COMM ST 100
Communication Theory

2001 Fall Quarter

2000 Fall Quarter

2000 Winter Quarter

1998 Fall Quarter

COMM ST 197E
Undergraduate Seminar

2000 Winter Quarter

COMM ST 197D
Undergraduate Seminar

1998 Fall Quarter

COMM ST 100

1998 Summer Session

1997 Fall Quarter

COMM ST 197E

1998 Spring Quarter

COMM ST M147

1997 Fall Quarter