David Van Horn

Assistant Professor
Department of Computer Science
University of Maryland


Structures don’t march in the streets.

Realm of Racket


I work toward making the construction of reusable, trusted software components possible and effective. My research has spanned program analysis; semantics; verification and model-checking; security; logic; complexity; and algorithms.

With Jeff Foster and Mike Hicks, I direct the laboratory for Programming Languages at the University of Maryland (PLUM). Previously, I’ve worked with the Programming Research Laboratory (PRL) at Northeastern University.

I currently serve as the PC chair for TFP 2016, as a program committee member for ECOOP 2016 and POPL 2017, and as co-editor of the Journal of Functional Programming special issue for ICFP 2015.

I co-authored the book Realm of Racket with Matthias Felleisen and undergraduates from Northeastern University, which introduces programming interactive video games.