John Meluso, PhD

Organizational Theorist | Systems Scientist | Computational Social Scientist | Mixed Methodologist

OCEAN Postdoctoral Fellow
Vermont Complex Systems Center
University of Vermont


Hello and welcome! I'm John Meluso (he/him, they/them). I'm a Computational Social Scientist & Mixed Methodologist who studies Organizations, Communication, Diversity, and Design as Complex Systems.

I'm currently the OCEAN Postdoctoral Fellow at the Vermont Complex Systems Center at the University of Vermont where I work with Jim Bagrow and Laurent Hébert-Dufresne. In May, 2020, I completed my Doctorate of Philosophy at the University of Michigan in Design Science where I studied Complex Engineered Systems with Jesse Austin-Breneman, Management & Organizations with Jose Uribe, and how we design large-scale artifacts. Also on my committee were Scott Page and Lynette Shaw.

I value making a difference in the lives of people, from improving the complex engineered systems that pervade modern society, to determining (and addressing) the root causes of toxic masculinity in organizations, and designing more inclusive work systems for a hybrid world. I'm always open to collaborating and mentoring, so don't hesitate to reach out!

A few academic key terms: Agent-Based Modeling, Network Science, Data Science, Interviews, Surveys, Organizational Culture, Masculinity Contest Culture, Inclusiveness, Science of Science, Open Source, Data Feminism, Virtual Collaboration, Information & Communication Technology, Miscommunication. A few personal interests: podcasts, bunnies, design, coffee, science fiction, community, authenticity, equity, mindfulness, privacy, balance.


  1. Meluso, J., Austin-Breneman, J., Bagrow, J., Hébert-Dufresne, L. (In Review). A Review & Framework for Modeling Complex Engineered System Development Processes.

  2. Meluso, J., Hébert-Dufresne, L., Bagrow, J., & Razzante, R. (In Press). “Masculinity Contest Cultures and Inclusive Cultures: Insights From an Agent-Based Model of Organizational Socialization and Promotion.” in Research on Social Issues in Management. Vol. 3, The Future of Diversity & Inclusion, edited by E. B. King, Q. M. Roberson, and M. Hebl.

  3. Meluso, J., Johnson, S., & Bagrow, J. (In Press). "Flexible Environments for Hybrid Collaboration: Redesigning Virtual Work Through the Four Orders of Design." Design Issues.

  4. Carnahan, S., Uribe, J., Meluso, J., & Austin-Breneman, J. (Working Paper). "Do Employee Absences Help Managers Evaluate Individual Contributions to Team Production? Evidence from Plant Productivity Data".

  5. Meluso, J., Austin-Breneman, J., & Uribe, J. (2019). "Estimate Uncertainty: Miscommunication About Definitions of Engineering Terminology." Journal of Mechanical Design.

  6. Meluso, J., Austin-Breneman, J., and Shaw, L. (2019). “An Agent-Based Model of Miscommunication in Complex System Engineering Organizations,” IEEE Systems Journal, pp. 1–12.

  7. Meluso, J., & Austin-Breneman, J. (2018). "Gaming the System: An Agent-Based Model of Estimation Strategies and their Effects on System Performance". Journal of Mechanical Design, 140(12), 121101–121109.