Professor Ann Weatherall

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Professor School of Psychology


Teaching in 2020

Research interests

Conversation Analysis, Discursive Psychology, Feminist Psychology, Gender and sexuality, Language and social psychology


BA (Hons) Otago University, PhD Lancaster University

Discursive Psychology Group

Ann leads the Discursive Psychology Group, visit their website for information on their current research.


Ann's research passion is the study of social interaction in situ. She has particular interests in discursive psychology and conversation analysis; feminist psychology, and sex/gender and sexuality. A long standing concern is to better understand the relationships between gendered patterns of social disadvantage, language and discourse. In the past she has used a broadly discursive approach to data analysis. However, she now takes a more distinctively conversation analytic approach in my research.

In 2007 Ann studied conversation analysis with Emanuel Schegloff and John Heritage at the University of California, Los Angeles. Since then she has been developing corpora of New Zealand English for conversation analytic studies. Her data includes mundane telephone calls, complaint calls to a dispute resolution service, psychotherapeutic interviews and doctor-patient consultations (in association with the Applied Research in Communication and Health group, Otago University). From mid-2013 she spent a sabbatical year in the department of culture and communication at Linköping University where there is a core group of interactional researchers working in diverse areas including childhood studies, dementia and education.


2012 PGSA Supportive Supervisor Award

2009 Fulbright Travel Award. Fisher and Paykel Trust award for travel.

2007 Claude McCarthy Fellowship

2004 Research Excellence Award from Victoria University of Wellington

Editorial roles

Board member, Journal of Research and Social Interaction

Associate editor British Journal of Social Psychology

Editorial board member Feminism & Psychology

2008-2014 Co-editor Gender and Language

2009-2013 Co-ordinating editor Women’s Studies Journal


Selected publications


Teaching in 2020