Mardi Kidwell

Department Chair, Communication

Phone: (603) 862-3036
Office: Communication, Horton Social Science Center Room 151A, Durham, NH 03824
Mardi Kidwell


  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of California - Santa Barbara
  • M.A., Sociology, University of California - Santa Barbara
  • B.A., Sociology, University of California - Santa Cruz

Research Interests

  • Children/Youth
  • Intercultural Communications
  • Law Enforcement
  • Microanalysis of face-to-face interaction between children, adults and individuals in policing contexts
  • Nonverbal Communication
  • Sociolinguistics

Courses Taught

  • CMN 457: Intro Lang & Soc Interaction
  • CMN 598: SpcTop/StorytellingInInteractn
  • CMN 599: Internship
  • CMN 698: Seminar Interpersonal Studies
  • CMN 702: Sem/Interpersonal Comm Theory

Selected Publications

Kidwell, M. (2018). Early Alignment in Police Traffic Stops. Research on Language and Social Interaction, 51(3), 292-312.

Kidwell, M., & Kevoe-Feldman, H. (2018). Making and Impression in Traffic Stops: Citizens' Volunteered Accounts in Two Positions. Discourse Studies, 20(5), 613-636.

Kidwell, M. (2015). Gaze. In K. Tracy (Ed.), International Encyclopedia of Language and Social Interaction (pp. 657-661).

Kidwell, M. (2014). Gaze in Conversational Interaction. In A. Cienki, E. Fricke, D. McNeill, & C. Müller (Eds.), Body – Language – Communication; Linguistics and Communication Sciences: An International Handbook (pp. 1324-1333). Amsterdam, Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Kidwell, M. (2013). Conversation Analysis and Children. In T. Stivers, & J. Sidnell (Eds.), Handbook of Conversation Analysis (pp. 509-532). Blackwell.

Kidwell, M., & Martínez, E. G. (2010). ‘Let me tell you about myself ’: A method for suppressing subject talk in a ‘soft accusation’ interrogation. Discourse Studies, 12(1), 65-89. doi:10.1177/1461445609346771

Kidwell, M. (2009). Gaze Shift as an Interactional Resource for Very Young Children. Discourse Processes, 46(2-3), 145-160. doi:10.1080/01638530902728926

Kidwell, M. (2009). What Happened?: An Epistemics of Before and After in “At-the-Scene” Police Questioning. Research on Language and Social Interaction, 42(1), 20-41. doi:10.1080/08351810802671727

Kidwell, M., & Zimmerman, D. H. (2007). Joint attention as action. Journal of Pragmatics, 39(3), 592-611. doi:10.1016/j.pragma.2006.07.012

Kidwell, M. (2005). Gaze as Social Control: How Very Young Children Differentiate "The Look" From a "Mere Look" by Their Adult Caregivers. Research on Language and Social Interaction, 38(4), 417-449. doi:10.1207/s15327973rlsi3804_2

Most Cited Publications