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Joshua Raclaw

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Main Hall Room 532
720 S. High Street
West Chester, PA 19383

Office Hours: Mon-Fri: 8:00am-4:30pm
Summer Hours: Mon-Fri: 8:00am-4:00pm
Phone: 610-436-2822

Joshua Raclaw

Joshua Raclaw

Assistant Professor
Main Hall 551


  • Ph.D., University of Colorado, Boulder
  • M.A., University of Colorado, Boulder
  • B.A., Stockton University


  • English Linguistics
  • Conversation Analysis
  • Sociolinguistics and Linguistic Anthropology
  • Language, Gesture, and the Body
  • Discourse-Functional Grammar

Courses Taught (only WCU listed)

  • ANT/LIN 380 Language and Culture
  • ENG/LIN 230 Introduction to Linguistics
  • ENG 240 Language, Gender, and Sexuality
  • ENG 331 Structure of Modern English
  • ENG 339 Dialects of American English
  • ENG 400 Language, Gesture, and the Body
  • WRT 120 Effective Writing I
  • WRT 200 Critical Writing and Research

Selected Publications

  • Zimman, L., Davis, J., & Raclaw, J. (2014). Queer excursions: Retheorizing binaries in language, gender, and sexuality. New York: Oxford University Press.
Journal Articles & Book Chapters
  • Gronert, N. M. & Raclaw, J. (2019). Contesting the terms of consent: How university students (dis)align with institutional policy on sexual consent. Gender and Language, 13(3), 291-313.
  • Pier, E. L., Raclaw, J., Carnes, M., Ford, C. E., & Kaatz, A. (2019). Laughter and the chair: Social pressures influencing scoring during grant peer review meetings. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 34(4), 513-514.
  • DiDomenico, S. M., Raclaw, J., & Robles, J. S. (2018). Attending to the mobile text summons: Managing multiple communicative activities across co-present and technologically-mediated interactions. Online First (2018) in Communication Research.
  • Robles, J. S., DiDomenico, S. M., & Raclaw, J. (2018). Doing being an ordinary technology and social media user. Language & Communication, 60, 150-167.
  • Pier, E. L., Brauer, M., Filut, A., Kaatz, A., Raclaw, J., Nathan, M. J., Ford, C.E., & Carnes, M. (2018). Low agreement among reviewers evaluating the same NIH grant applications. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Mar 2018, 201714379.
  • Raclaw, J. & Ford, C. E. (2017) Laughter and the management of divergent positions in peer review interactions. Journal of Pragmatics, 113, 1-15.
  • Pier, E. L., Raclaw, J., Kaatz, A., Carnes, M., Nathan, M. J., & Ford, C. E. (2017). “Your comments are meaner than your score”: How Score Calibration Talk influences inter-panel variability during scientific grant peer review. Research Evaluation 26(1): 1-14.
  • Raclaw, J., Robles, J. S., & DiDomenico, S. M. (2016). Providing epistemic support for assessments through mobile-supported sharing activities. Research on Language and Social Interaction 49(4): 362-379..
  • Raclaw, J. & Ford, C. E. (2015). Meetings as interactional achievements: A conversation analytic approach. In J. A. Allen, N. Lehmann-Willenbrock, & S. G. Rogelberg (Eds.), The science of meetings at work: The Cambridge handbook of meeting science (pp. 247-276). New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Raclaw, J. (2015) Conversation analysis, overview. In K. Tracy (Ed.), The international encyclopedia of language and social interaction (pp. 1-11). Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Davis, J., Zimman, L., & Raclaw, J. (2014) Opposites attract: Retheorizing binaries in language, gender, and sexuality. In L. Zimman, J. Davis, & J. Raclaw (Eds.), Queer excursions: Retheorizing binaries in language, gender, and sexuality (pp. 1-12). New York: Oxford University Press.

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