Language and Social Interaction Division

Language and Social Interaction Division logo

The Language and Social Interaction Division (LSI) provides a home to those who study how social life is produced and organized through situated conversation, language use, and embodied interaction. Members of LSI investigate the collaborative practices that shape our social worlds in a wide range of interactional settings, including, for example, classrooms, doctors’ offices, public meetings, work, and home, as well as interactions between and across cultural borderlines. The LSI tradition, though well established in the communication field, is interdisciplinary and draws on the related fields of anthropology, applied linguistics, sociology, sociolinguistics, and others. Language and social interaction scholarship is informed by a variety of research methods, including discourse analysis, conversation analysis, ethnography and micro-ethnography, pragmatics, narrative analysis, and other approaches to studying the subtle features of human interaction that constitute everyday life.


  • Co-Chairs: Michelle Scollo (College of Mount Saint Vincent) and Brion van Over (Manchester Community College)
  • Vice Chair: Cynthia Gordon (Georgetown University)
  • Co-Vice Chairs-Elect: Lisa Mikesell (Rutgers University) and Natasha Shrikant (University of Colorado Boulder)
  • Immediate Past Chair: Alena Vasilyeva (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
  • Information Officers: Sarah Cho (University of Texas Permian Basin) and Sunny Lie (California State Polytechnic University Pomona) 
Legislative Assembly
  • Michelle Scollo
  • Cynthia Gordon

LSID Membership 

Official count taken each January.

108th Annual Convention -- New Orleans, LA -- Nov. 17 - 20, 2022

Convention Calls
  • LSID Call -- Deadline: Thu, 3/31 2022 3:00 AM EDT
Award Calls
Business Meeting Minutes
Interest Group Election