Kathleen Fisher

Kathleen Shanahan Fisher is an American computer scientist who specializes in programming languages and their implementation. She is a professor of computer science at Tufts University.[1]

Kathleen Shanahan Fisher
Alma materStanford University
Known forMoby programming language
AwardsACM Fellow
Scientific career
FieldsComputer science
InstitutionsAT&T Labs
Tufts University
Doctoral advisorJohn C. Mitchell

Fisher graduated with distinction from Stanford University in 1991, and stayed at Stanford for her graduate studies, earning a Ph.D. in 1996 under the supervision of John C. Mitchell.[1][2] She worked at AT&T Labs from 1996 until 2011, when she moved to Tufts. From 2011 to 2014 she was also a program manager at DARPA.[1]

Fisher is one of the authors of the Moby experimental concurrent programming language. She was program chair of ICFP in 2004,[3] OOPSLA in 2011,[4] and PLDI in 2019.[5]

In 2010 she was elected as a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery "for contributions to programming language design, theory, and practice, and for service to the computing community."[6]


  1. ^ a b c Curriculum vitae, retrieved 2015-06-10.
  2. ^ Kathleen Fisher at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  3. ^ "International Conference on Functional Programming 2004: Information". www.icfpconference.org. Retrieved 2019-09-05.
  4. ^ OOPSLA Committee Archived 2015-06-12 at the Wayback Machine, retrieved 2015-06-10.
  5. ^ "Organizing Committee - PLDI 2019". pldi19.sigplan.org. Retrieved 2019-09-05.
  6. ^ [1]ACM Fellow Award Citation, retrieved 2015-06-10.

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