Galina Bolden


Professor of Communication


CI 208

Galina Bolden is interested in examining how members of different cultural and language communities pursue mutual understanding and construct interpersonal relationships in and through social interaction. She uses the methodology of Conversation Analysis (CA) to conduct research on talk in Russian and English, as well as bilingual Russian-English conversations.


University of California, Los Angeles
Ph.D., Applied Linguistics

University of California, Los Angeles
M.A., Applied Linguistics

University of Minnesota
B.A., Linguistics


Galina Bolden’s scholarship addresses the question of how cultures are enacted in everyday interaction. Using the methodology of Conversation Analysis to examine diverse corpora of recordings of naturally occurring interactions in English and in Russian, Bolden explores communicative practices through which participants enact their cultural identities and negotiate interpersonal relationships. Her research explicates:
•    how participants in social interaction negotiate meaning across and within English- and Russian-language speaking communities;
•    how interpersonal relationships are enacted in culturally sensitive ways; and
•    how participants negotiate meaning in medical and mental health contexts.

Bolden’s scholarship also explores methodological and theoretical issues involved in conducting interactional research into languages other than English. Her book, co-authored with Alexa Hepburn, Transcribing for Social Research (Sage, 2017), is the first book-length exposition of the conversation analytic transcription system. In addition to engaging with classic conversation analytic transcription issues (such as capturing timing and prosodic details of talk), the book offers a comprehensive discussion of transcribing data in languages other than English, representing aspects of visible conduct, and capturing speakers’ emotive displays.


Centers, Labs, Working Groups, and Clusters

Selected Publications

Hepburn, A. and Bolden, G. (2017). Transcribing for Social Research. Sage: London.

Bolden, G. & Angell, B. (2017). The organization of the treatment recommendation phase in routine psychiatric visits. Research on Language and Social Interaction, 50(2), 151-170.

Bolden, G. B. (2014). Negotiating understanding in intercultural moments in immigrant family interactions. Communication Monographs, 81(2), 208-238.

Bolden, G. (2013). Unpacking “Self”: Repair and Epistemics in Conversation. Social Psychology Quarterly, 76(4), 314-342.

Bolden, G. (2012). Across languages and cultures: Brokering problems of understanding in conversational repair. Language in Society, 41(1), 97-121.

Awards & Recognitions

Best Article Award for 2010-2013, 4th International Conference on Conversation Analysis, Los Angeles, CA, for Social Psychology Quarterly, Unpacking "self": Repair and epistemics in conversation

Distinguished Achievement in Teaching Award, Department of Communication, Rutgers School of Communication and Information, 2016

Distinguished Achievement in Research Award, Department of Communication, Rutgers School of Communication and Information, 2010

Dissertation of the Year Award, Language and Social Interaction Division of the National Association of Communication, 2006

Additional Resources

Galina Bolden's elected positions include:

Scholarship in the News

The Atlantic
El Confidencial
The Guardian
BBC World News TV, Global with Jon Sopel
Business Insider and Slate
USA Today
The New York Times

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