Kathleen Fisher is a professor in the Computer Science Department at Tufts University. Previously, she was a principal member of the technical staff at AT&T Labs Research and a consulting faculty member in the Computer Science Department at Stanford University. Kathleen's research focuses on advancing the theory and practice of programming languages and on applying ideas from the programming language community to the problem of ad hoc data management. The main thrust of her work has been in domain-specific languages to facilitate programming with massive amounts of ad hoc data, including the Hancock system for efficiently building signatures from massive transaction streams and the PADS system for managing ad hoc data.
Kathleen is an Association for Computing Machinery Fellow (ACM). She has served as program chair for the Foundations of Object-Oriented Languages (FOOL), the International Conference on Functional Programming (ICFP), the Commercial Users of Functional Programing workshop (CUFP), and the Object-Oriented Programming, Languages, Systems, and Applications (OOPSLA). Kathleen is past chair of the ACM Special Interest Group in Programming Languages (SIGPLAN), past co-chair of CRA's Committee on the Status of Women (CRA-W), and a former editor of the Journal of Functional Programming.