John Melson, Ph.D.

Instructional Designer
Phone: (401) 863-9193
Email: John_Melson@brown.edu

John Melson completed his undergraduate education at Carleton College, studying a range of subjects including Spanish and film before receiving a B.A. in English. He received an A.M. in Humanities 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 returned to his study of literature at Brown University, where he received his Ph.D. in English. 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. He brings to the Sheridan Center strong interests in the pedagogical affordances of digital media and the integration of technology into learning activities across academic disciplines.