John Melson, Ph.D.

Associate Director for Digital Teaching and Learning

Phone: (401) 863-5472

John 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 digital publishing and electronic typesetting 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. Throughout his graduate study he pursued work in digital humanities, digital publishing, and scholarly text encoding 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 full time as its Project Manager and Textbase Editor. In this capacity, he oversaw the publication of Women Writers Online, supervised the Project’s graduate student employees and researchers, participated in a variety of grant-funded research and publishing projects, and helped develop new interfaces and tools for exploring the WWP’s growing digital research collections. At the Sheridan Center, John collaborates with faculty, graduate students, and staff on a broad range of digital, online, and experimental teaching projects.