I’m an Assistant Professor in the Department of Knowledge Integration (KI) at the University of Waterloo, and am cross-appointed to Sociology & Legal Studies, the School of Environment, Resources, & Sustainability, and Geography and Environmental Management. I’m also an Affiliated Researcher at the Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation, a Policy Fellow at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, and a board member for the University of Waterloo Survey Research Center.

I’m a sociologist by training, but my work is increasingly interdisciplinary. I primarily work in the areas of social network analysis and computational social science, with substantive interests in science, education, and public policy; political sociology; and environmental sociology. My work typically combines established sociological theories and methods (e.g. surveys, interviews) with computational methods (specifically related to networks, text analysis, and record linkage) to address debates in social science, informatics, and public policy. Eventually, I’ll get around to writing up a more detailed description. For now, you can browse some of the articles linked below. My work is currently funded by 8 research grants, including an Early Researcher Award from the Ministry of Research and Innovation in Ontario and 5 Grants from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

In addition to writing articles, I am co-developing research software with student members of my research team. You can LEARN MORE about metaknowledge and our other research software on my NetLab website. I recently published an article about metaknowledge (with Reid McIlroy-Young) in Journal of Informetrics. You can read it here.

I primarily teach courses on research methods and design, computational social science, science and public policy, and the art and science of learning. I also run the Knowledge Integration senior honours project course. I primarily work with graduate students from the Department of Sociology & Legal Studies, but I have also worked with students from various departments in the Faculty of Environment and the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences.

Publications

Italics = student at time of publication


Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

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

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

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


Chapters in Peer Reviewed Edited Volumes

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

John McLevey, Allyson Stokes, and Amelia Howard. Forthcoming. “Pierre Bourdieu’s Uneven Influence on Anglophone Canadian Sociology.” Thomas Medvetz and Jeff Sallaz (eds) The Oxford Handbook of Pierre Bourdieu. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


Under Review

Owen Gallupe, John McLevey, and Sarah Brown. “Selection or Influence? A Meta-Analysis of the Association between Peer and Personal Offending.” Revise and Resubmit at the Journal of Quantitative Criminology.


Manuscripts Close to Submission

John McLevey, Alexander Graham, Reid McIlroy-Young, Pierson Browne, and Kathryn S. Plaisance. “Knowledge diffusion and status boundaries: A statistical network analysis of the relationships between philosophy of science and the sciences.”

John McLevey, Alexander Graham, and Pierson Browne. “Network Structure and the ‘Chain of Trust’ in Free/Libre Open Source Software Development: The Case of Linux.”


Research Grants

Total research grants since 2013: $846,401


2016-2022. David Tindall (PI), John McLevey (Co-I), Mark Stoddart (Co-I). Collaborators: Andrew Jorgenson, Philippe Le Billon, Mario Diani, Jennifer Earl, Don Grant, Philip Leifeld, Dana R Fisher, Moses Boudourides. Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Insight Grant Application. “Making sense of climate action: Understanding social mobilization to curb anthropogenic climate change through advances in social network analysis. $282,672.”

2016-2020 John McLevey (PI), Ontario Early Researcher Award, Ministry of Research and Innovation, “Information and Idea Diffusion in an Open Source Collaboration Network,” $150,000.

2016-2018 John McLevey (PI), Owen Gallupe (Collaborator) and Martin Cooke (Collaborator), Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Insight Development Grant, “Remaking the Boundaries of Open and Proprietary Science: A Longitudinal Study of Biomedical Research and Development Networks in Canada” $67,790.

2016-2018 Katie Plaisance (PI) and John McLevey (Co-I), Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Insight Development Grant, “Increasing the Impact of Philosophy of Science in Scientific Domains,” $59,302

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.

2015-2020 Mark Stoddart (PI) and John McLevey (Co-I), Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Insight Grant, “The Oil-Tourism Interface and Social-Ecological Change in the North Atlantic,” $188,423.

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

2013 University of Waterloo, Faculty Research Startup Grant, $15,000.


Research Software


In addition to writing articles, I am co-developing research software with student members of my research team. Our work is funded in part by grants from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and an Early Researcher Award from the Ministry of Research and Innovation in Ontario.


metaknowledge | contributions to Jonathan de Bruin's recordlinkage | more...


Policy Reports


Janice Aurini, John McLevey, Allyson Stokes, Rob Gorbet. “Assessing the Impact of Classroom-Integrated Robotics on the Cultivation of 21st-Century Competencies.” Research report produced for the Ministry of Education. Contracted with Council of Ontario Directors of Education (CODE).

Teaching

INTEG 120

The Art and Science of Learning

There are three sets of related learning objectives in this course. First, you will be introduced to state-of-the-art scientific research on learning and cognitive adaptability, and you will begin using this research to become more intentional learners and knowledge integrators. Second, you will learn about how the mind processes information, and will begin developing new habits to facilitate clear and critical thinking in complex, messy, and stressful circumstances. Finally, you will learn how to see the social networks you are embedded in, and how they shape what you think, know, and do. You will use this knowledge to identify opportunities and develop strategies for learning, and for the integration and synthesis of different types of knowledge.

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INTEG 340

Thinking Through Research Methods

This course provides an introduction to empirical research design and methods with a focus on applications in the social sciences and related fields. You will learn about core issues in research design (e.g. sampling) that transcend specific approaches, and about a variety of techniques for collecting and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data. The course will cover both abstract and practical issues related to methodology and decision making in empirical research. You will have the opportunity to develop and workshop proposals that you may wish to pursue in your senior honors thesis. By the end of the course you will be a more informed consumer and have a basic set of skills for designing and implementing your own empirical research projects. Most importantly, you will have a foundation for future learning about research design and methods.

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INTEG 475 / SOC 4XX

"Big Data" and Social Science Research in the Digital Age

We are living in an age where digital information is being produced at an unprecedented rate. This explosion of digital data has the potential to revolutionize the way we learn about the world, and how we conduct research related to urgent social and political problems. This course focuses primarily on the knowledge and skills necessary for doing high-quality research with digital data. The course is divided into four core sections: (1) a research-oriented introduction to the programming language Python, (2) collecting, cleaning, and combining digital datasets, (3) analyzing digital datasets using tools from machine learning, text analysis, and social network analysis, and (4) privacy and confidentiality. There will be an emphasis on good research design throughout the course. Previous courses in research methods and / or statistics are an asset, but are not required. I assume no previous knowledge or experience of computer programming.

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INTEG 420 A&B

Senior Honours Project

The Senior Research Project is the two-term culmination of the Knowledge Integration degree. It provides you with the opportunity to engage in an original research or design project supervised by an expert (or experts) in your chosen field. Traditionally, INTEG 420 A (taken in the fall) is focused on designing your project, conducting literature reviews, applying for ethics clearance, and making serious progress on any empirical research (if your project requires empirical work). INTEG 420 B (taken in the winter) is focused on actually writing the actual thesis and disseminating the work through a conference paper and poster.

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Student Supervision


PhD Students & Candidates

  • Michael Clarke (committee member, defended in 2016)
  • Alexander Graham (co-supervisor with Peter Carrington)
  • Amelia Howard (supervisor)
  • Tyler Crick (supervisor)
  • Julie Cook (co-supervisor with Jennifer Lynes)
  • Pierson Browne (committee member, supervisor Jen Whitson)
  • Rod Missaghian (committee member, supervisor Janice Aurini)
  • Yixi Yang (committee member, supervisor Mark Stoddart at Memorial University)
  • Sarah Tang (committee member, supervisor Simron Singh)

MA / MSc / MES Students

  • Alexander Graham (supervisor, defended in 2017)
  • Jill (Junyi) Wang (committee member, supervisor Derek Robinson, defended in 2017)
  • Nicholas Brandon, MD (committee member, supervisor Shannon Majowicz)
  • Chen Chen (reader, supervisor Peter Johnson)

Undergraduate Senior Honors Theses, BKI / BA

  • Rachel Wood (in progress 2017-2018)
  • Jillian Anderson (completed 2017)
  • Julia Yaroshinsky (completed 2016)
  • Tiffany Lin (completed 2015)
  • Benjamin Carr (completed 2014)
  • Chelsea Mills (completed 2014)
  • Christina Minji Chung (completed 2014)

Research Assistants

Current:

  • Mumtahin Monzoor (BSc in progress)
  • Joel Becker (BKI)
  • Alexander (Sasha) Graham (PhD Student)
  • Pierson Brown (PhD Student)
  • Brittany Etmanski (PhD Candidate)

Completed:

  • Jillian Anderson (completed, now at Simon Fraser)
  • Reid McIlroy-Young (completed, now at University of Chicago)
  • Steve McColl (completed, now a data scientist with the federal government
  • Tiff Lin (completed, now at Berkman Center at Harvard University
  • Evaleen Hellinga (completed, now a JD candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School)

Consulting


Janice Aurini, John McLevey, Allyson Stokes, Rob Gorbet.

“Assessing the Impact of Classroom-Integrated Robotics on the Cultivation of 21st-Century Competencies.” Research report produced for the Ministry of Education. Contracted with Council of Ontario Directors of Education (CODE).

My Lab @ UW

NetLab

Research, Software Development, Consulting

Dr. John McLevey, Assistant Professor

EV1-215, University of Waterloo, 200 University Ave. West, Waterloo ON, Canada
john.mclevey@uwaterloo.ca | 647-921-2044
johnmclevey.com | networkslab.org