Area(s) of ExpertiseSociology, Social Science Methods, Science & Technology Studies
Bill Leeming is an associate professor in the Faculty of Liberal Studies, lecturing in a range of subject areas including the social sciences, science and technology studies, and the history of print. His research of the last decade has focused on innovation in science and technology and, most recently, the diffusion of genetic diagnostic technologies in clinical settings in Canada and the UK. This research has been published in a number of journals such as the Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology, Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Social History of Medicine, Social Science Information, International Journal of the Sociology of Law, and Health and Canadian Society.
1999 PhD, York University (Sociology)
1992 MA, York University (Sociology)
1979 BFA, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design
1977 AOCA, Ontario College of Art
2003 Profiling, Open Studio Gallery
1991 ... in public about AIDS, A Space
1988 New Year: An Installation of Photographs with Text Reviewing the Visual Language Developing about the Cold War, Floating Gallery
1988 Re-Count: The World Economic Summit of the Advanced Industrialized Countries as Poetic Document, Mercer Union
Awards \ Grants
2008-2011 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
2003 Canada Council Project Costs Grant
2003-04 Hannah Grant-in-Aid Award, Hannah Institute for the History of Medicine (Associated Medical Services Incorporated
2001-03 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
2011 “Graphical and Computationally Intensive Techniques for Representing and Disseminating Information about the Genetics of Disease – Possibilities, Limitations and Additions” Science Communication (forthcoming).
2010 “Tracing the Shifting Sands of ‘Medical Genetics’: What’s in a Name?” Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, v. 41: 50-60.
2007“On the Relevance of the ‘Genetics-Based Approach’ to Medicine for Sociological Perspectives on Medical Specialization.” Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology, v. 44(2): 151-73.
2005 "Ideas About Heredity, Genetics, and 'Medical Genetics' in Britain, 1900-1982" Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, v. 36:538-558. 2004 "The Early History of Medical Genetics in Canada" Social History of Medicine, v. 17(3):481-500.
2001 "Professionalization theory, medical specialists and the concept of 'national patterns of specialization'" Social Science Information, v. 40(3):455-485. 1997 "Revisiting Finalization in Science" Social Science Information v. 36 (3):387-410.
1996 "New Taboo? Some Observations on the Late Arrival of Changes to the Law of Incest in Scotland" International Journal of the Sociology of Law, v. 24:313-36.
Professional Affiliations / Boards / Juries
Member, European Association for Studies in Science and Technology Member, Society for Social Studies of Science Member, Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association Member, American Sociological Association