Washington University in St. Louis


Caitlin Kelleher

Hugo F. & Ina Champ Urbauer Career Development Associate Professor

Professor Kelleher joined Washington University in St. Louis in 2007 after her postdoctoral fellowship at Carnegie Mellon University.

She worked throughout the summer months  of 2000 in research and development at Walt Disney Imagineering.

Professor Kelleher is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Upsilon Pi Epsilon, and a recipient of a 2011 National Science Foundation CAREER Award. 

Professor Kelleher's research focus is in the area of human-computer interaction. Her work has centered on the design, development, and evaluation of a programming system for middle school girls, titled "Storytelling Alice." This program includes high-level animations to enable users to program social interactions, a gallery of characters and scenery designed to spark story ideas, and a story-based tutorial.
Selected Publications
Kelleher, C. Barriers to Programming Engagement. Advances in Gender and Education, vol. 1, no. 1, 2009, pages 5-10.

Kelleher, C. and R. Pausch. Using Storytelling to Motivate Programming. Communications of the ACM, vol. 50, no. 7, July 2007, pages 58-64.
Kelleher, C. and R. Pausch. Lowering the barriers to programming: A taxonomy of programming environments and languages for novice programmers. ACM Computing Surveys, vol. 37 no. 2, June 2005, pages 83-137.

Contact Caitlin Kelleher
Address 1 Brookings Drive
Campus Box 1045
City/St/Zip St. Louis , MO 63130
Jolley Hall, Room 411
Phone (314) 935-6119
Fax (314) 935-7302
Email ckelleher@wustl.edu
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PhD, Carnegie Mellon University, 2006
BS, Virginia Polytechnic and State University, 1998
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