Katie Plaisance

Cross Appointed Associate Professor; primary appointment in Knowledge Integration

Portrait of Katie Plaisance
Areas of interest

Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Psychology, Philosophy of Biology, Socially- and Scientifically-Engaged Philosophy of Science, Interdisciplinary Collaboration

Selected publications

  • McLevey, John, Alexander V. Graham, Reid McIlroy-Young, Pierson Brown, and Kathryn S. Plaisance, “Interdisciplinarity and Insularity in the Diffusion of Knowledge: An Analysis of Disciplinary Boundaries Between Philosophy of Science and The Sciences” (2018), Scientometrics, 117(1): 331-349.
  • Plaisance, Kathryn S., and Eric B. Kennedy (2014), “A Pluralistic Approach to Interactional Expertise”, Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science, 47: 60-68.
  • Plaisance, Kathryn S., and Thomas A.C. Reydon (2012), “The Philosophy of Behavioral Biology”, Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science, vol. 282, pp. 3-24. Springer Press. 
  • Fehr, Carla, and Kathryn S. Plaisance (2010), “Socially Relevant Philosophy of Science: An Introduction”, Synthese, vol. 177(3): 301-316.

Selected grants, fellowships, awards

  • Templeton Grant, 2017-2019, “Understanding ‘What Could Be’: Heritability in a Randomized Twin Design” ($425,000 USD)
  • SSHRC Insight Development Grant, 2016-2018, “Increasing the Impact of Philosophy of Science in Scientific Domains” ($59,302 CAD)
  • University of Waterloo Distinguished Teacher Award, 2016.

Selected supervisions

  • Engaged philosophy of science, philosophy of the human behavioral sciences, empirical methods in philosophy


  • Cross-appointed from the Department of Knowledge Integration (able to supervise MA and PhD students in Philosophy)

Contact information

519-888-4567 x38612
Environment 1 (EV1), room 203