Steven Clayman


Contact Information

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.


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

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

B.A., Sociology, Arizona State University


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.