2008        Ph.D., Sociology, University of California-Los Angeles



                Coming Together: Creating and Maintaining Social Relationships

                through the Openings of Face-to-Face Interactions (Chair, Emanuel Schegloff)

                                             PDF of Dissertation Précis      PDF of Dissertation

                Examination Fields:

  1.    People-Processing Institutions (Co-Chairs Robert Emerson and John Heritage)

        Specialty Areas: Education/Schools; Medicine

•    Conversation Analysis

2001        M.A., Sociology, University of California-Los Angeles


                M.A. Paper:

                “Doing Pretty Well”: How Teachers Manage the Interactional Environment

                of Unfavorable Student Evaluation in Parent-Teacher Conferences

1998        B.A., Communication Studies, University of California-Los Angeles

                Summa Cum Laude, College Honors, Phi Beta Kappa