John Meluso, PhD

Organizational Theorist | Systems Scientist | Computational Social Scientist | Qualitative Researcher

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 & Qualitative Researcher who studies Organizing through the lens of Complex Systems, especially related to Communication, Diversity, and Design.

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 System Design with Jesse Austin-Breneman and Management & Organizations with Jose Uribe. Also on my committee were Scott Page and Lynette Shaw.

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

I am currently on the job market! Please contact me if you have any questions or for more information.

A few academic key terms: Data Science, Network Science, Network Theory, Agent-Based Modeling, Interviews, Surveys, Ethnography, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI), 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., 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.

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

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

  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.