John Melson, Ph.D.

Associate Director for Digital Teaching and Learning

Phone: (401) 863-5472

John Melson completed his undergraduate education at Carleton College and received an A.M. at The University of Chicago. Pursuing an interest in online publishing and new media he worked in the Electronic Publishing division of The University of Chicago Press, where he gained experience in SGML/XML publishing and digital typesetting technologies while working on a number of the Press’s science and social science journals. He received his Ph.D. in English from Brown University, where his research focused on the interconnection of aesthetic and commercial discourses in the Anglophone writing of the eighteenth-century Atlantic world. During his graduate study he also continued to pursue work in digital humanities through employment at the Women Writers Project (WWP) and, briefly, as Managing Editor of the open-access journal Digital Humanities Quarterly. In 2008 he joined the Women Writers Project in a full-time capacity, overseeing the publication of Women Writers Online, participating in a variety of grant-funded research projects, and helping develop new interfaces and tools for exploring the WWP’s digital research collections. 

Joining the Sheridan Center in 2013, John collaborates with faculty and graduate students on a broad range of digital, online, and experimental teaching projects, including Brown's ongoing pilot of massive open online courses (MOOCS).  He also conducts workshops on digital pedagogies and digital humanities, emphasizing in particular the pedagogical affordances of digital media for learning activities across academic disciplines.  During the 2014-15 academic year he will also lead the Center's Course Development Seminar (Certificate II).