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Gregory Matoesian, PhD

CLJ Faculty

Criminology, Law, and Justice

Pronouns: He/Him/His


Building & Room:

4060B BSB


1007 W Harrison St.

Office Phone:

(312) 996-7971

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Matoesian CV

Building & Room:

4060 BSB



Dr. Matoesian is a sociolinguist who examines the integration of language and gesture in the construction and co-construction of legal context. His work demonstrates how macro-structures of space-time inhere in the microcosmic features of what Erving Goffman called "the interaction order." He is the author of numerous publications on language and law including Reproducing Rape: Domination Through Talk in the Courtroom (U. of Chicago Press, 1993), Law and the Language of Identity (Oxford U. Press 2016), and Multimodal Conduct in the Law (with Kristin Gilbert, Cambridge U. Press 2018). He is currently (with Kristin Gilbert) completing a sociocultural and multimodal analysis of focus group evaluations of community policing training.

Selected Publications


  • Matoesian, Gregory M. 2001 Law and the Language of Identity: Discourse in the William Kennedy Smith Rape Trial. New York: Oxford University Press. 267pp
  • Matoesian, Gregory M. 1993 Reproducing Rape: Domination through Talk in the Courtroom. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. (Chicago Series in Law and Society edited by John Conley and William O’Barr). 256pp



  • Matoesian, Gregory M. (2013) Language and Material Conduct in Legal Discourse. Journal of Sociolinguistics 17, 5: 634-660.
  • Matoesian, Gregory M. (2012) Gesture’s Community: Social Organization in Multimodal Conduct . Language in Society 41, 3: 365-391.
  • Matoesian, Gregory M. (2008) Role Conflict as an Interactional Resource in the Multimodal Emergence of Expert Identity. Semiotica.171, August: 15-49.


PhD, U. of Missouri. Multimodal Conduct in the Law