Wikitheoria is a new way to share and collaborate on researchable ideas in sociology. It uses a form of web-based crowd-sourcing. This means lots of people each contributing only a small effort to enhance whatever part of the system interests them the most.

  • It has peer-review, but nothing like the way journals do it.
  • It has a library, but it bears no resemblance to static collections of published objects.
  • It erases the boundaries between readers and contributors, instructors and students, insiders and outsiders. It democratizes theory.
  • It sharpens the focus on what really matters: sharing ideas, and striving to improve them using a solid foundation of reason and evidence.
  • It provides infrastructure for organizing the work of a virtually limitless number of contributors, and useful tools for making their work efficient and cumulative.
The long-run goal of Wikitheoria is to have a user-friendly, ever-improving, discipline-spanning, integrative and efficient, sociological knowledge base.


To learn more about Wikitheoria, please click on the short “Welcome” presentation on the home page. There is also a “Welcome” transcript available for downloading. Each will instruct you on how to proceed if you’re interested.


The Wikitheoria project is a collaboration between sociologists and computer scientists. The initial phase of the work (2012-2014) was supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation (#1123040). Key personnel are listed below.

Conceptualization & Content
Prof. Barry Markovsky [barry@sc.edu]
Principal Investigator
Dept. of Sociology, Univ. of South Carolina
Jake Frederick [jfrederick979@gmail.com]
Graduate Research Assistant
Dept. of Sociology, Univ. of South Carolina
Functionality & Software Development
Prof. Jose Vidal [jmvidal@gmail.com]
Co-Principal Investigator
Dept. of Computer Science & Engineering
University of South Carolina
Mingzhe Du [dan.du.pub@gmail.com]
Research Assistant & Lead Developer
Dept. of Computer Science & Engineering
University of South Carolina
Additional Programming
Jason Rikard
Undergraduate Assistant
Jonathan Mayhak
Undergraduate Assistant