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Melanie Feinberg


Melanie Feinberg





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Melanie Feinberg


Data modeling (information organization)
Critical data studies
History and foundations of information science


BA in Humanities, Stanford University
MIMS, University of California at Berkeley
PhD, Information Science, University of Washington


Melanie Feinberg is a professor at the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Melanie’s scholarship examines the human character of data; her research approach synthesizes information science, design, and the humanities.

In a previous life, Melanie worked in technical communication and content strategy at companies including Apple Computer, PeopleSoft, and Scient.


INLS 201: Foundations of Information Science
INLS 520: Organizing Information
INLS 728: Seminar in Knowledge Organization
INLS 720: Metadata Architectures
INLS 722: Introduction to Metadata Architectures


Marie Skłowdoska-Curie Individual Fellowship (2019-2021)
Institute for Arts and Humanities (IAH) Faculty Fellow (2018-2019)


Melanie Feinberg. Everyday Adventures with Unruly Data. 2022. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Melanie Feinberg, Daniel Carter, Julia Bullard, and Ayse Gursoy. Translating texture: design as integration. Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems—DIS 2017, 297-307.

Melanie Feinberg. 2017. A design perspective on data. Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems—CHI 2017, 2952-2963.

Melanie Feinberg. 2017. Material vision. Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing 2017 (CSCW 2017), 604-617.

Melanie Feinberg. 2015. Genres without writers: information systems and distributed authorship. In Genre Theory in Information Studies, edited by J. Andersen. Studies in Information series, Volume 11, 43-66. Emerald Publishing.

Melanie Feinberg, Daniel Carter, and Julia Bullard. 2014. Always somewhere, never there: using critical design to understand database interactions. Proceedings of the ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems—CHI 2014, 1941–1950.