Melanie Feinberg has joined the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science (SILS) as an associate professor. She will be teaching INLS 720, Metadata Architectures and Applications, for the fall of 2015.
Feinberg was most recently an assistant professor at the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a classificationist whose research approach combines design with the humanities. Her work focuses on learning how to read and write databases to complement our engineering and mining of them.
She received her PhD in 2008 from the iSchool at the University of Washington; she has a master’s from the iSchool at Berkeley (2004) and was an undergraduate at Stanford (1992). In her professional career before returning to academia, she was a content strategist and technical editor, working at companies such as Apple Computer, Scient, and PeopleSoft.
“I'm thrilled to be joining SILS, with its incredible faculty and students,” Feinberg said. “Everyone has been so friendly and welcoming! I'm especially looking forward to working with others at SILS who are interested in organizing information. It's great to share my enthusiasm for the beautiful mysteries of classification.”