Joshua Raclaw, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Associate

Center for Women's Health Research
700 Regent Street, Suite 301
Madison, WI 53715-2634
(608) 263-9770


M.A., Linguistics, University of Colorado, Boulder. 
Ph.D., Linguistics, University of Colorado, Boulder.

Research Interests

Dr. Raclaw's research is primarily in the areas of conversation analysis and sociolinguistics, examining how language and other interactional resources (gesture, laughter, gaze) are used in socially significant ways. In his current work, Dr. Raclaw draws on naturally occurring video recorded interactions of scientific grant review panels to examine how peer reviewers deliver initial grant rankings, construct and develop topics of talk, and negotiate final decisions on the ranking of grants. The goal of this research is to identify and analyze the micro-level communicative practices that are of social consequence to decision-making in the peer review setting, as well as those practices that may serve as a vehicle for introducing reviewer bias into peer review panels. Dr. Raclaw is also interested more broadly in the organization of talk and communicative interaction in both meetings and everyday conversation, as well as the use of technology and new media in social interaction.