Cecilia E. Ford | ceford@wisc.edu | website | UW Interaction Interest Group

Cecilia E. Ford holds a joint appointment as Professor of English and Sociology. Her research focuses on language as an interactional phenomenon. In her books, edited collections, articles, and book chaptersFord draws on conversation analysis as a framework for discovering the ways that humans construct, on a moment-by-moment basis, the social orders that make up our lives including the provisional and emergent practices we call language. Ford is part of an interdisciplinary network of faculty and students at UW-Madison whose research is on human interaction. She works closely with Doug Maynard in Sociology and Junko Mori in East Asian Languages and Literatures. She is also an affiliate of the Language Institute, Gender and Women’s Studies, and the Second Language Acquisition Doctoral Program. In the English Department, she works with faculty and graduate students in the English Language and Linguistics Programs and with faculty and students in Rhetoric and Composition.

Joan H. Fujimura | fujimura@ssc.wisc.edu | website

Fujimura’s current research and writing includes two different projects.  The first is a multi-disciplinary team ethnographic study of five biomedical genomics centers that examines how the notion of population is conceptualized in the collection and analysis of the data in human genetics studies around disease and evolution, especially as they impact concepts of race categories.  Fujimura has also been studying the development of postgenomic sciences, including systems biology and epigenetics. Fujimura’s next project will examine the collision between extant notions of “mixed race” or “hapa” and genetic notions of admixture.  Fujimura was invited to give the Distinguished Lecture to the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction on August 9, 2013; her talk was entitled “Science Studies, Symbolic Interaction, and the Future of Race.” Fujimura serves on the Ad Hoc Diversity Planning Committee, a group of staff, faculty, students, and community members that are writing a new diversity plan for the University.  She teaches two graduate seminars, one on Chicago School sociology and pragmatist interactionism and another on grounded theory methods.

Alice Goffman | agoffman@ssc.wisc.edu

Alice Goffman is an urban ethnographer who grew up in Philadelphia. Drawing on six years of fieldwork in that city, her book On the Run (Chicago, 2014) describes young men living as suspects and fugitives in the poor and segregated Black neighborhoods transformed by the war on crime and unprecedented levels of targeted imprisonment. She teaches graduate classes on ethnography, social interaction, and ethnographic writing as well as undergraduate classes on the history of the ghetto and the future of social life.

Doug Maynard | maynard@ssc.wisc.edu | website

My research and teaching focus on interaction in settings of everyday life. I draw on theoretical and empirical traditions in ethnomethodology, conversation analysis, and interaction order analysis, and have studied everyday talk as well as legal and medical discourse. Currently, I have an NSF-funded project to study the testing and diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Another study, being conducted with a palliative care physician at the UW Health Sciences Center, is about the organization of talk during ongoing cancer care. So far, our analysis highlights how this discourse orients toward treatment recommendations and away from quality of life and end of life considerations. Finally, I continue to collaborate with Nora Cate Schaeffer on studies whose aim is to address the problem of nonresponse in survey interviews, and thereby to enhance the quality of survey data, such as that in the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study.

Pamela Oliver | oliver@ssc.wisc.edu | website

Pamela Oliver is Conway-Bascom Professor of Sociology. She developed “critical mass” theories of collective action and social movements that stressed the role of organizers, and has written other pieces on social movements theory. She has studied news coverage of protests and other public events. Her current work focuses on racial disparities in incarceration and on linking theories of repression with theories of crime control.