Doug Maynard

Doug Maynard


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

Conway-Bascom Professor of Sociology
Harold Garfinkel Faculty Fellow
8101 Sewell Social Sciences
(608) 265-5583
Office Hours: MW 4-5 (F'17)

Curriculum Vitae

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.


2017  D.W. Maynard and J. Turowetz. "Doing Testing: How Concrete Competence Can Facilitate or Inhibit Performances of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder." Social Psychology Quarterly 80(3):254-75.

2017  D.W. Maynard and J. Turowetz. "Doing Diagnosis: Autism, Interaction Order, and the Use of Narrative in Clinical Talk." Qualitative Sociology 40(4): 467-491.

2016  D.W. Maynard and D. Schelly. "Complaining as an Interactional Resource for Police and Suspects in a Murder Investigation: Tacit Ways of Accusing and Denying.." Discourse Studies 19:169-195.

2016  D.W. Maynard and D. Cortez and T.Campbell "End of Life’ Conversations, Appreciation Sequences, and the Interaction Order in Cancer Clinics." Patient Education and Counseling 99:92-100.

2016  D.W. Maynard. "Defending Solidarity: Self-Repair on Behalf of Other-Attentiveness." Pp. 73-107 in Jeffrey D. Robinson (ed.) Accountability in Social Interaction. New York: Oxford University Press.

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

Center for Demography of Health and Aging
Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies
Waisman Center

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) studies 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 with me on these various endeavors.