Hi, I’m Melanie Walsh, and I’m an Assistant Teaching Professor in the iSchool at the University of Washington. Previously, I was a Postdoctoral Associate in Information Science at Cornell University, where I worked with David Mimno. Before that, I received my PhD in English & American Literature from Washington University in St. Louis, where I was a Fellow in the Humanities Digital Workshop. My research interests include data science, digital humanities, cultural analytics, social media, and American literature & culture—preferably all of the above combined.
I am currently at work on a book project, When Postwar American Fiction Went Viral, which follows the social media afterlives of American authors. I also designed an undergraduate course and online textbook, Introduction to Cultural Analytics & Python, which prepares students to analyze books, movies, songs, etc. with the programming language Python.
Sometimes I am asked to give my professional opinion about social media and the English language, like whether using multiple exclamation points is an alarming linguistic trend (tl;dr no it is not!!).
If you’re interested, you can check out my CV, teaching, digital projects, or infrequent blog thoughts. If you’d like to reach out, you can email me at melwalsh dot uw dot edu. I like connecting with people!