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John McLeveyJohn McLevey, PhD

Assistant Professor

Department of Knowledge Integration


  • Department of Sociology and Legal Studies
  • School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability

Contact information:

Phone: (519) 888-4567 ext. 31938
Office: Environment 1 (EV1), room 215

Personal website
NetLab website


PhD Sociology, McMaster University, 2013
MA Sociology, McMaster University, 2009
BA (H) Sociology, Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2008

Research interests:

  • Social Networks
  • Sociology of Science, Science and Health Policy, and Scientific Careers
  • Political Sociology
  • Environmental Sociology
  • Research Methods 

Broadly, my research centers on social networks and how they shape the production and diffusion of expert knowledge. My work is multi-method, and spans a number of substantive fields, including the sociology of science and scientific careers, political sociology, and environmental sociology. When it comes to sociological research on knowledge and science, I am primarily interested in the intersection of scientific and policy networks and the diffusion of knowledge across disciplinary boundaries.

My dissertation research (2013) was on think tank funding and policy research. I've published articles in Social Studies of Science (2015) and Canadian Review of Sociology (2014) about this, and am collaborating on a comparative article about think tanks in Canada and the US with Thomas Medvetz at UC San Diego. In the past year, my research on think tanks has evolved into a broader project on expertise and policy, with articles in progress on scientific and policy networks in a variety of contexts. 

My primary research project right now, funded by SSHRC, is on communication and collaboration networks among Linux kernel developers. The main article from this project adjudicates between three competing claims about the nature of large scale collaborations in open source software development.

Finally, I am collaborating on articles on disciplinary fields and reputations in the social sciences (with Allyson Stokes, and with Neil McLaughlin and Vanina Leschziner), and on the diffusion of philosophy of science in the sciences (with Katie Plaisance).


John McLevey and Reid McIlroy-Young. 2017. “Introducing metaknowledge: Software for Computational Research in Information Science, Network Analysis, and Science of Science.” Journal of Informetrics. 11: 176-197. 

John McLevey and Ryan Deschamps. Forthcoming. “Public Policy Formation and Implementation” in William Outhwaite and Stephen Turner (eds.) The SAGE Handbook of Political Sociology. SAGE.

Allyson Stokes and John McLevey (equal authors) 2016, "From Porter to Bourdieu: The Evolving Specialty Structure of English Canadian Sociology, 1966- 2014." Canadian Review of Sociology / Revue canadienne de sociologie

John McLevey, Allyson Stokes, and Amelia Howard, "The Uneven Influence of Pierre Bourdieu in Canada." Forthcoming from Thomas Medvetz and Jeff Sallaz (eds) The Oxford Handbook of Pierre Bourdieu. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

McLevey, John (2015), "Understanding Policy Research in Liminal Spaces: Think Tank Responses to Diverging Principles of Legitimacy." Social Studies of Science. 45(2):270-293.

McLevey, John (2014), "Think Tanks, Funding, and the Politics of Policy Knowledge", Canadian Review of Sociology / Revue canadienne de sociologie. 51(1):54-75.


Reid McIlroy-Young and John McLevey. metaknowledge: software for social networks research in the sociology of science and science and health policy studies.


“Tory war on evidence claims another casualty” with Liam Swiss. Toronto Star Op-Ed published on September 24 2014, section A15.

Selected research grants and awards:

2015-2020 Co-Investigator, Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Insight Grant, “The Oil-Tourism Interface and Social-Ecological Change in the North Atlantic,” Principal Investigator: Dr. Mark Stoddart, Department of Sociology, Memorial University, $188,423.

2014-2016 Principal Investigator, Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Insight Development Grant, John McLevey, “Collaborative Design in Online Networks,” $74,814.

2015-2016 John McLevey (PI) and Vanessa Schweizer (Co-I), Basillie School of International Affairs, Major Workshops Grant, "Challenges and Opportunities for Governance of Socio-Ecological Systems in Comparative Perspective," $8,400.  

2015-2016 John McLevey (PI), LITE Seed Grant, Centre for Teaching Excellence, University of Waterloo, "A Data-Driven and Interactive Approach to Enhancing Student Learning about Disciplinary and Interdisciplinary Knowledge Production," $4,765.20.

2010–2013 Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship, Category A, SSHRC Doctoral Scholarship, $105,000.

Professional associations:

  • Canadian Sociological Association
  • American Sociological Association
  • International Network for Social Network Analysis
  • Sociologists for Women in Society

Courses taught and in development:

  • INTEG 120: Introduction to the Academy
  • INTEG 275: Social Research Methods
  • INTEG 251: Creativity and Innovation
  • INTEG 375: Comparative Science and Health Policy
  • INTEG 375: Data Visualization
  • INTEG 375: Research Methods & Design
  • INTEG 375/SOC 312: Science and Technology in Society
  • INTEG 475: Open Science and Technology