• Digital Humanities
  • Cultural Analytics
  • Literature


  • INFO 201 - Foundational Skills For Data Science
  • INFO 350 - Information Ethics And Policy


Melanie Walsh is an Assistant Teaching Professor interested in data science education as well as digital humanities, cultural analytics, literature, social media, and social justice movements. She joined the iSchool from Cornell University, where she designed and taught a programming curriculum for humanities and social science students as a postdoctoral associate and visiting lecturer. She is the author of the online textbook, Introduction to Cultural Analytics & Python, and she is also writing a book about the social media afterlives of American authors. Before her postdoc at Cornell, Walsh received her Ph.D. in English Literature from Washington University in St. Louis, where she worked as a fellow in the Humanities Digital Workshop.


  • Ph D, English & American Literature, Washington University in St. Louis, 2019
  • MA, English, Washington University in St. Louis, 2015
  • BA, English, Washington University in St. Louis, 2013


  • Best Digital Humanities Training Material - The Digital Humanities Awards, 2021
  • Emerging Open Scholarship Award, Honorable Mention - Canadian Social Knowledge Institute, 2020
  • Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence - Arts & Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis, 2019
  • Dissertation Fellowship - Center for the Humanities, Washington University in St. Louis, 2018
  • Everett Helm Visiting Fellowship - The Lilly Library, Indiana University, 2018
  • William J. Hill Visiting Researcher Travel Grant - Wittliff Collections, Texas State University, 2018
  • Humanities Digital Workshop Summer Fellowship - Washington University in St. Louis, 2015-2017
  • Harriet Schwenk Kluver Prize - English Department, Washington University in St. Louis, 2010

Publications and Contributions


  • BERT for Social Sciences and Humanities (2022)
    ICWSM - Atlanta, GA
  • Data as Culture (2022)
    Women in Data Science Conference, Claremont College - Claremont, California
  • BERT for Humanists: Uses, Challenges, Translations (2021)
    ACH Conference - Virtual
  • Computational Approaches to Book Reviews (2021)
    ACH Conference - Virtual
  • Library Circulation Histories Workshop (2021)
    National Endowment for the Humanities Workshop - Virtual
  • Multilingual NLP as Interface (2021)
    DARIAH Conference - Virtual
  • New Histories of Quantitative and Computational Methods (2021)
    MLA Annual Convention - Toronto, Canada (Virtual)
  • Social Textworking: Books, Readers, and Online Media (2021)
    SHARP Conference - Virtual
  • The Crowdsourced ‘Classics’ and the Revealing Limits of Goodreads Data (2020)
    DH - Ottawa, Canada (Virtual)
  • Between Readers: A Short Methodological History of Networked Reading (2019)
    MLA Annual Convention - Chicago, IL
  • Documenting Twitter Prot (2019)
    American Studies Association - Honolulu, HI
  • Mapping the Librotraficante Movement (2019)
    Global DH Symposium - East Lansing, MI
  • New Horizons in Network Analysis (2019)
    ACH Conference - Pittsburgh, PA
  • The Crowdsourced ‘Classics (2019)
    Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present - College Park, MD
  • Working with Twitter Data (2019)
    Day of Data – Cornell University Library - Ithaca, NY
  • James Baldwin, #BlackLivesMatter, and Networks of Textual Recirculation (2018)
    DH 2018 Conference - Mexico City, Mexico
  • Kurt Vonnegut Unstuck in Time for $1.99: Amazon Kindle Worlds and the Readerly Reimagination of Postwar American Fiction (2018)
    Post45 Graduate Symposium - New Haven, CT
  • Access (2017)
    Text Mining the Novel (NovelTM) Workshop - Montreal, Canada
  • Archives Unleashed (2017)
    Web Archiving Workshop for Researchers - San Francisco, CA
  • Cultural Analytics (2017)
    Computational and Data-Intensive Cultural Studies Symposium - South Bend, IN
  • Geospatial Workshop (2017)
    Text Mining the Novel (NovelTM) Workshop - South Bend, IN
  • James Baldwin’s New Media Readers (2017)
    Global DH Symposium - East Lansing, MI
  • Stories of Dissent: Rereading #Ferguson (2017)
    American Studies Association - Chicago, IL
  • Tweets of a Native Son: James Baldwin and the Literary-Critical Use of a Social Media Archive (2017)
    Midwest Modern Language Association - St. Louis, MO