Hi, I’m Melanie Walsh, and I’m a Postdoctoral Associate in Information Science at Cornell University. I received my PhD in English & American Literature from Washington University in St. Louis. My research interests include 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 recently designed and taught an undergraduate course, “Introduction to Cultural Analytics”, which prepares students in the humanities to analyze cultural materials with digital and computational tools. The course includes an introduction to 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 melanie dot walsh at cornell dot edu. I like connecting with people!