Aaron Cicourel received his B.A. and M.A. from UCLA, and his Ph.D. from Cornell University. He was a visiting assistant professor at Northwestern University; assistant professor, associate professor, UC Riverside; lecturer in sociology at UC Berkeley; professor of sociology at UC Santa Barbara; and has been professor of sociology in the School of Medicine and the Department of Sociology at UCSD. He held a Russell Sage Foundation Post Doctoral Fellowship at UC Los Angeles Medical Center; National Science Foundation Senior Postdoctoral Fellowship, London, England; Guggenheim Fellowship, Madrid, Spain; and was a Fulbright Lecturer, Brazil and Barcelona. His areas of specialization are: sociolinguistics, medical communication, decision-making, and child socialization. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1992.