Jana Dunfield

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Not on it again—still on it.
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I'm an Assistant Professor in the School of Computing at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

My research area is the theory and practice of programming languages, building type systems that make software better: refinement type systems catch more bugs; languages for incremental computation can asymptotically improve performance with little programmer effort. Bidirectional typing has been a key technical ingredient in much of my work.

My PhD is from Carnegie Mellon with Frank Pfenning, followed by a series of non-tenure-track positions at McGill, MPI-SWS and UBC.

For more details, see my CV.

Until 2020, I published under a different first name. If you cite me, cite me as Jana Dunfield, even if the publisher has not made the change. (As far as I know, all of them have updated my name. Carnegie Mellon updated my name on my dissertation, though I'm not happy that they demanded a legal name change.) I have corrected my name in copies under my control.

If you want to use a pronoun for me (for example, when citing a sole-authored paper), use she/her/her/hers/herself.

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Except when attempting to speak German, I pronounce my name with initial /dʒ/ (English j), rhyming with Hannah.



Email: jd169 [at] queensu dot ca

If you are a student looking for someone to write a reference letter for graduate school, please read this page first.

If you are a student trying to enrol in CISC 360 in Fall 2023: I do not have the power to add students to courses I am teaching. I can see who is enrolled and who is on the waiting list, but I can't make changes to either list.

Research list of publications

Some current or recent projects:

Current teaching

Previous teaching


2023: Focusing on Index Refinement Typing has been accepted to Transactions on Programming Languages and Systems.

2021: Bidirectional Typing has been accepted to ACM Computing Surveys.


Sound and complete bidirectional typechecking for higher-rank polymorphism with existentials and indexed types was accepted to POPL 2019.

NSERC increased my Discovery award to $33,000/year.

Was awarded a Discovery grant ($26,000/year for 5 years) from NSERC/CRSNG.

2017: Moved to Kingston and joined the School of Computing at Queen's.

2016: Completed a draft on refinement types for incremental computation.

"Extensible datasort refinements" was accepted to ESOP 2017.

"Sums of Uncertainty: Refinements go gradual" was accepted to POPL 2017. My coauthor, Khurram A. Jafery, received a 2017 CRA Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher award.

2015: "Incremental computation with names" appeared at OOPSLA 2015. "Elaborating evaluation-order polymorphism" appeared at ICFP 2015.

All papers and publications


Irregular writing

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macOS keyboard layout, script to add page numbers to PDFs, spell

Mailing address

Jana Dunfield
School of Computing
Goodwin Hall, Rm. 557
Queen's University
Kingston, ON  K7L 3N6

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