Melanie Walsh is a Postdoctoral Associate in Information Science at Cornell University, where she works with David Mimno’s group. She received her PhD in English & American Literature from Washington University in St. Louis. Her research interests include digital humanities, cultural analytics, social media, and American literature & culture—preferably all of the above combined.
She designed an undergraduate course and online textbook, Introduction to Cultural Analytics & Python
, which prepares students to analyze cultural materials—such as books, movies, historical records, and social media posts—with digital and computational tools.
EducationPh.D., English & American Literature, Washington University in St. Louis, 2013 – 2019
BA, English, Washington University in St. Louis, 2013, summa cum laude
Work Shared in CORE
Melanie Walsh and Maria Antoniak, “The Goodreads ‘Classics’,” Cultural Analytics
Maria Antoniak, Melanie Walsh, and David Mimno, “Tags, Maps, Borders: Social Re-Working of Genre on LibraryThing,” CSCW, 2021.
Melanie Walsh, “Tweets of a Native Son: The Quotation and Recirculation of James Baldwin from Black Power to #BlackLivesMatter,” American Quarterly
, 70, no. 3 (2018).
When Postwar American Fiction Went Viral: Protest, Profit, and Popular Readers in the Twenty-First Century
Essays and Reviews
“Review: Name That Twitter Community!,” Reviews in Digital Humanities
, January 2020.
“Beautifying Beale Street,” Los Angeles Review of Books
, December 2018.
“A Conversation with Cathy Davidson: On the Digital in the Humanities and Her Journey to Revolutionize Higher Ed,” Human Ties
, September 2018.
MembershipsMLA, ASA, ASAP, ACH, CSDH/SCHN