Melodee undertook her undergraduate studies at Clark University and completed her PhD at the University of Glasgow. Since completing her degree, Melodee has worked as a pedagogical researcher for the History Subject Centre, a teaching fellow for the School of Comparative American Studies at the University of Warwick and a Principal Lecturer for Sheffield Hallam University, where she acted as Subject Group Leader for History. She joined Loughborough University in September 2015.
In order to promote a more collaborative research community, within and beyond academia, Meloddee is an ardent supporter of open research and social media for academic purposes and is happy to discuss her research and teaching through various social networks, including Twitter.
The main focus of Melodee's research has been Scottish media history and she is particularly interested in the role of newspapers in public perceptions of demography and migration. Melodee's current research project, Here and There, Us and Them, uses newspapers, magazines and other popular publications to explore depictions of identity at the start of the second British Empire and the relationship between demographic and economic pressures and cultural identity.
As part of this wider work, Melodee also maintains the Scissors and Paste database, an online repository of newspaper transcriptions that aims to trace the composition, reprinting, abridgment and paraphrasing of newspaper content as it travelled along periodical networks. She is also currently working with British Library Labs to develop Georgian Pingbacks, a branch of the Scissors and Paste database, which will crowdsource explicit attributions within 18th and 19th-century newspapers, helping us understand which periodicals were considered sufficiently respectable to cite, and which were simply stolen from without due credit.
As debates regarding Open Access, copyright and the Creative Commons movement develop, Melodee is keen to work with students and others researchers to widen our understanding of the historical underpinnings of open knowledge and the ways in which the free flow of information effects economic and social change.
Alongside her historical research, Melodee is also active in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), authoring a number of reports and papers on history teaching in higher education alongside her teaching blog The Socratic Dilemma. She has contributed to several higher education teaching organisations, including the East Midlands Centre for Teaching History and HistorySOTL, and has organised a range of training events for the HEA’s History Subject Centre and History Lab Plus. Melodee is particularly interested in the ways in which historians can rebalance their pedagogy away from long-term socialisation and towards more explicit training in the specific means of undertaking robust and thoughtful research.
At Loughborough, Melodee contributes to several team-taught undergraduate modules, including Introduction to Academic Studies, Crafting the Dissertation, and The Atlantic World. She also convenes Go West, Young Man: North America, 1785-1914, which explores the social, political and cultural history of the North American continent, including Canada, the United States and Mexico and their relationships with each other, their citizens and the indigenous peoples of America.
Melodee is keen to hear from students interested in postgraduate studies on migration in the British Empire and the United States before 1850, newspaper and periodical history and the digital humanities.
- 'Stuck in the Middle: Developing Research Workflows for a Multi-scale Text Analysis' Journal of Victorian Culture (April 2017), pp. 1-8
- ‘Rapunzel and the Ivory Tower: How Open Access Will Save the Humanities (from Themselves) Journal of Victorian Culture 18:4 (December 2013), pp. 543-550
- ‘The Sojourning Settler: Transatlantic Networks and Identities in the British-American Tobacco Trade, 1740-1841′ Journal of Irish and Scottish Studies3:1 (August 2009), pp. 157-173
- ‘”Passengers Wishing to Embrace This Commodious Conveyance, Will Apply Immediately”: The Rise in Emigrant Passage Advertising in the Scottish Borders, 1800-1830’ International Journal of Regional and Local Studies 4:1 (Spring 2008), pp. 21-46.
- Caledonian Canaan: Scottish Cultural Identity in Colonial New England as Demonstrated by the Scotch-American Company of Farmers’ International Review of Scottish Studies 30 (September 2005), pp. 42-85.
Essays in Edited Collections
- ‘The Role of the Sydney Gazette in the Creation of Australia in the Scottish Public Sphere” in John Hinks and Catherine Feeley (eds) Historical Networks in the Book Trade (2015)
- 2013, ‘Keeping the Faith: Researching as a Part-time Teacher or Teaching Fellow’, History Lab Plus blog, Institute of Historical Research.
- 2013, ‘Record How You Search, Not Just What You Find’, Guest Blog, Impact of Social Science blog, London School of Economics.
- 2013, ‘Catch and Release: My Secret Adventure into the World of GLAM-WIKI’, Guest Blog, Wikimedia UK Blog
- 2010, ‘Dumfries Weekly Journal’, Dictionary of Nineteenth Century Journalism (Proquest)