Kathleen Fisher, PhD

Fellowship Awarded 1994
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Kathleen Fisher is a professor and chair of the Department of Computer Science at Tufts University.

Previously, she was a Program Manager at DARPA and a Principal Member of the Technical Staff at AT&T Labs Research. She received her PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University. Kathleen is a Fellow of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) and a Hertz Foundation Fellow. Service to the community has been a hallmark of Kathleen’s career. She served as Chair of the ACM Special Interest Group in Programming Languages (SIGPLAN) and as Program Chair for three of SIGPLAN’s marquee conferences. She is Chair of DARPA’s ISAT Study Group and a member of the Board of Trustees of Harvey Mudd College. Kathleen has long been a leader in the effort to increase diversity and inclusion in Computer Science: she was Co-Chair of the Computing Research Association’s Committee on the Status of Women (CRA-W) for three years, and she co-founded SIGPLAN’s Programming Language Mentoring Workshop (PLMW) Series. Kathleen is a recipient of the SIGPLAN Distinguished Service Award.

Kathleen’s research focuses on advancing the theory and practice of programming languages. All of her work is collaborative and much is interdisciplinary. Three main thrusts of her work are (1) designing domain-specific languages to make it easier to write programs in particular domains, (2) developing program synthesis techniques, which use search to generate programs from high-level specifications, and (3) applying principled techniques to produce software that is provably functionally correct with the goal of making hacking much harder.

Graduate Studies

Stanford University
Computer Science
Type Systems for Object-Oriented Programming Languages


2007, Distinguished Member, Association for Computing Machinery; 2010, Fellow, Association for Computing Machinery

How Kathleen is Making an Impact

Making Our Software More Secure Arrow Right