Ellen Spertus

Associate Professor of Computer Science

At Mills since January, 1998

Office: CPM 201
Phone: (510) 430-2011

See also my personal page and CV.


Courses Taught

Professional Interests

Information retrieval, online communities, social issues, computer architecture, compilers

Selected Publications


"Dynamic Sublists: Scaling Unmoderated Mailing Lists", with Robin Jeffries and Kiem Sie, Fifteenth System Administration Conference (LISA 2001).

"Squeal: Structured Queries on the Web" [PDF], Ninth International World-Wide Web Conference, May 2000, with Lynn Andrea Stein.

"Just-In-Time Databases and the World-Wide Web", Seventh International ACM Conference on Information and Knowledge Management, November 1998, with Lynn Andrea Stein.

"The J-Machine: A Retrospective", 25 Years of Selected Papers from the International Symposium on Computer Architecture, 1998, by William J. Dally et al.

"Smokey: Automatic Recognition of Hostile Messages", Innovative Applications of Artificial Intelligence (IAAI) '97. ( Postscript and HTML versions also available.) Also presented at the Eighth Annual Meeting of the Society for Text and Discourse, July 31, 1998.

Computers and Society

"Of Flames, Fan Mail, and Software That Can Tell the Difference", Chronicle of Higher Education, August 18, 2000.

"Wit Helps Women in Computer Science Combat Ignorance", Women in Higher Education, May 1997. Reprinted in Shatter the Glass Ceiling, December 1997, and reprinted in The CPSR Newsletter, Winter 2000.

"Social and Technical Means for Fighting On-Line Harassment," Virtue and Virtuality: Gender, Law, and Cyberspace, April 1996.

"Declaration of Stephen Donaldson" (unnamed co-author), Affidavit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, ACLU et al. v. Reno (No. 96-963) & American Library Association et al v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 96-1458). March 17, 1996.

"Why Are There So Few Female Computer Scientists?", MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory Technical Report 1315, August 1991.

Professional Organizations

Member, Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility.

Member, Association for Computing Machinery, including the ACM Committee on Women in Computing.

Member, American Association of University Women.

Last revised 4/19/05

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