Kristin Stephens-Martinez

Kristin Stephens-Martinez

ksm [at]

Assistant Professor of the Practice

Computer Science Department

D224 LSRC, Research Drive, Box 90129

Duke University

Durham, NC 27708

About Me

I am an Assistant Professor of the Practice at Duke University in the Computer Science Department. I received my Ph.D. in Computer Science at UC Berkeley. My Master's research work, also at UC Berkeley, is in computer networking with Vern Paxson. My research interest lies at the intersection of education and computer science focusing on using data available in large classrooms (both local and MOOCs), and I was advised by Armando Fox. I used to sit in the Berkeley institute of design (BiD) lab.

My specific research interest is on looking at the data from machine-gradable assessments, with the goal to find interpretable data-driven insights that help instructors find ways to improve their course material. I am, currently, performing a qualitative analysis on constructed response wrong answers from "What would Python display?" question sets. I then use quantitative approaches to identify common student errors and deliver guidance based on these errors to students in situ.

I am also in the process of producting The CS-Ed Podcast, sponsored by a SIGCSE Special Projects Grant. Learn more by visiting the podcast's Facebook Page or Twitter account @csedpodcast.

Below are highlights from the full version of my CV.

You can also find me at LinkedIn or Twitter.


I am the founder and former CS-coordinator of EECS Peers at UC Berkeley. A group dedicated to supporting fellow graduate students with grad school life. At the end of Fall 2016, I finished running an EECS Peers small group as an experiment with first-year graduate students in education research. We read 57 Ways to Screw Up in Grad School: Perverse Professional Lessons for Graduate Students, which I highly recommend.

In 2012-2013 I served as the computer science co-president for Women In Computer Science and Electrical engineering (WICSE). Moreover, I have volunteered as a role model at Techbridge, an after-school program to inspire girls in technology, science, and engineering.

At UC Berkeley I mentored ten undergraduate researchers. I, also, participated in the WICSE Graduate Little Sisters program; mentoring five graduate women over four years. Finally, I have participated in the WICSE Undergraduate Little Sisters program for three years, mentoring four undergrad women. One went on to graduate school at John Hopkins and the other three to industry.


I have served as a teaching assistant for six semesters for a total of five courses. Two of the courses were for introductory computer science, one for computer science majors (CS61A, UCB) and the other for non-majors (CMSC198K, UMD). Two of the courses were for third and fourth-year undergraduates, covering networking (EE122, UCB) and software engineering (CS169, UCB). The final course was an undergraduate seminar that I co-instructed and created a large portion of the material for (CS194-25, UCB). CS169 and EE122 involved over 100 students and CS61A included over 1,000 in Fall 2015 and over 800 in Spring 2016. As an undergraduate, I served as a reader, who graded assignments and held office hours.

Undergraduate at The University of Maryland, College Park

I graduated summa cum laude from the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) receiving my B.S. in Computer Science. I worked in a variety of research areas while at Maryland including software engineering with FindBugs, artificial intelligence by applying genetic algorithms to swarm intelligence, and computer networking.



Technical Reports



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Honors and Awards


I have a blog on computer science education and life as a professor.

CS61A Stuff

I love arts and crafts, especially crochet, as well as making origami earrings, chocolates, and other crafts that catch my eye. In an attempt to keep a record of my creations I write about them on my blog Hobby Sanity.