Caitlin Kelleher

Caitlin Kelleher


Computer Science & Engineering

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PhD, Carnegie Mellon University, 2006
BS, Virginia Polytechnic and State University, 1998


Developed "Storytelling Alice," a programming system for middle school girls


User-centered design and evaluation


Caitlin Kelleher is a researcher in Human-Computer Interaction and focuses on designing new kinds of programming environments and languages that democratize programming. Recently, her research group has focused on supporting children learning to program independently. This research has resulted in new kinds of support for tutorials, code execution history exploration tools, and robust support for reusing code from unfamiliar programs. Additionally, her group has explored how to support learning from code puzzles and the kinds of learning decisions young novices make in open ended contexts. The results of this research are shared through the Looking Glass programming environment, available at


Professor Kelleher joined the faculty at Washington University in St. Louis in 2007. She is the recipient of an NSF Career award and was named a 2013 Sloan Foundation Fellow. Her work has won several best paper awards at top conferences.