Doug Maynard

Position title: Maureen T. Hallinan Professor of Sociology, Emeritus


Phone: (608) 265-5583

8101 Sewell Social Sciences

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Curriculum Vitae
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Research Interest Statement:

My orientation within sociology involves the sub-fields 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.

Departmental Areas of Interest:

Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis, Social Psychology and Microsociology, General Social Theory, History of Sociology, Medical Sociology, Qualitative Methods


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

Other Campus Affiliations:

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

Selected Publications:

Selected Recent Papers:

D. W. Maynard. 2019. “Why Social Psychology Needs Autism and Why Autism Needs Social Psychology: Forensic and Clinical Considerations.” Social Psychology Quarterly 82:5-30.

D. W. Maynard and Jason Turowetz. 2019. “Doing Abstraction: Autism, Diagnosis, and Social Theory.” Sociological Theory 37:89-116.

Dagoberto Cortez, D. W. Maynard, and Toby C. Campbell. 2019. “Creating Space to Discuss End-of-Life Issues in Cancer Care.” Patient Education and Counseling 102:216-222.

D. W. Maynard and Jason J. Turowetz. 2017. “Doing Testing: How Concrete Competence Can Facilitate or Inhibit Performances of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.” Qualitative Sociology 40(4):467–91.

D. W. Maynard and Jason Turowetz. 2017. “Doing Diagnosis: Autism, Interaction Order, and the Use of Narrative in Clinical Talk.” Social Psychology Quarterly 80(3):254–75.

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

D. W. Maynard, Dagoberto Cortez, and Toby C. Campbell. 2016. “‘End of Life’ Conversations, Appreciation Sequences, and the Interaction Order in Cancer Clinics.” Patient Education and Counseling 99(1):92–100.


Forthcoming. D. W. Maynard and Jason Turowetz. Autism, Testing, and Diagnosis: A Commonsense Approach. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Forthcoming. D. W. Maynard and John Heritage (eds.) Harold Garfinkel: Praxis, Social Order, and Ethnomethodology’s Legacies. New York: Oxford University Press.

Heritage, John and Douglas W. Maynard. 2007. Communication in Medical Care: Interaction between Primary Care Physicians and Patients. Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Pres.

Maynard, Douglas W. 2003. Bad News, Good News: Conversational Order in Everyday Talk and Clinical Settings. Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press.

Maynard, Douglas W., H. Houtkoop-Steenstra, N.C. Schaeffer, and H. van der Zouwen (eds.) 2002. Standardization and Tacit Knowledge Interaction and Practice in the Survey Interview. New York: Wiley.