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My research focus is in the design and implementation of programming languages. In particular, I'm fascinated by types, and I prefer working with functional languages over imperative or object-oriented ones. I am a core contributor to the Haskell programming language and compiler, where I am in the process of adding dependent types, a powerful new feature that can reduce the possibility of bugs in programs. With dependent types, a programmer can encode a proof of correctness along with her code, thus guaranteeing that the code performs as specified. There is a growing desire for such features in real-world industrial applications, and I look forward to seeing proof-carrying code become more common in our increasingly computerized world, reducing the occurrence of the technology failures that have become all too familiar.
Colby Gordon earned a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from UC Irvine. His research interests include law and literature; global and transnational Shakespeares; religion and secularism; architecture and design; and gender and queer theory. Selections from his work have been published in multiple journals, including articles on bleeding Eucharists and host desecration narratives in Genre; soft architecture and queer futurity in Antony and Cleopatra in postmedieval; Carl Schmitt, Sianne Ngai, and aesthetics in the Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies; and, with Julia Lupton, a piece on Shakespeare and design theory in English Studies. He is currently completing a manuscript that tracks the legal dimensions of dwelling in early modern literature, tentatively titled The Sanctity of the Home: Political Theology and Dwelling in Renaissance Drama.