Kathleen Fisher is an adjunct Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Tufts University. She is currently serving as Deputy Director of the Information Innovation Office at DARPA. She served as chair of the Tufts Department of Computer Science from 2016-2021. Previously, she was a Program Manager at DARPA, where she started and managed the HACMS and PPAML programs, and a Principal Member of the Technical Staff at AT&T Labs Research. She received her PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University. Kathleen’s research focuses on advancing the theory and practice of programming languages. The main thrust of her work is in domain-specific languages to facilitate programming with large amounts of data in a principled and secure fashion. Kathleen is an ACM Fellow and a Hertz Foundation Fellow.
Service to the community has been a hallmark of Kathleen’s career. She has served as Chair of DARPA’s ISAT Study Group, Chair of the ACM Special Interest Group in Programming Languages (SIGPLAN), editor of the Journal of Functional Programming, associated editor of TOPLAS, and program chair for three of SIGPLAN’s marquee technical conferences, including PLDI, OOPSLA, and ICFP. She was general chair for ICFP 2015. Kathleen has worked throughout her career to increase diversity and inclusion in Computer Science: she served as Co-Chair of CRA’s Committee on the Status of Women (CRA-WP), and she co-founded SIGPLAN’s Programming Language Mentoring Workshop (PLMW) Series. Kathleen is a recipient of SIGPLAN’s Distinguished Service Award.
Kathleen is a member of the Board of Trustees of Harvey Mudd College.
Kathleen’s CV is available.