Dr. Laney Strange (she/her)

Associate Teaching Professor

Director of Broadening Participation

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Recent and upcoming courses

CS1800 Discrete Structures with Prof. Nunez and Kayla McLaughlin ( Fall 2022 )

DS2001 CS Practicum for DS2000 with Prof. Mosca ( Fall 2022 )

DS2500/DS2501 Intermediate Programming with Data with Prof. Muzny ( Spring 2022 )

DS2000 Programming with Data with Prof. Rachlin ( Spring 2022 )

CS1800/1802 Discrete Structures Co-Coordinator with Prof. Nunez ( Fall 2021 )

DS2000 Programming with Data ( Spring 2021 )

DS2500 Intermediate Programming with Data ( Spring 2021 )


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Broadening Participation

I care a lot about diversity and inclusion in computer science. As Director of Broadening Participation, I work on making our classrooms inclusive and welcoming for students who have been historically underrepresented in computer science. (Lots more I want to do, too. The list below is a work in progress.)

Current/Recent Work Related to Broadening Participation



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My mission in life is to dismantle computer science's reputation as an intimdating and inaccessible field. I focus a lot on supporting and encouraging women and people of color in computer science. As a field, we have a long way to go with diversity and inclusion, and I want to contribute as much as I can to making computer science welcoming for everyone.


I've been lucky to have incredible teachers -- my first comp sci professor at Simmons College as an undergrad and my PhD advisor at Dartmouth College cared so much about teaching (and about their students) that it really inspired me to do more in computer science. I try to live up to their examples every day.

I didn't write a line of code until college, and to this day I don't write code for fun. But I love it as my job, and the fact that I haven't done it my whole life doesn't make me any less of a computer scientist. No matter when in your life you've tried some programming, or made a career of it -- doesn't matter. We all belong here.

Teaching Experience

  • Lecturer, Tufts University. Medford, MA.
  • Instructor, Girls Who Code Summer SIP. Chicago, IL.
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Rhodes College. Memphis, TN.
  • Lecturer, University of Memphis. Memphis, TN.

Professional Experience

  • Interm Executive Director, Code Crew. Memphis, TN.
  • Standards Author/Co-Author, IEEE
  • Product Director, TechSoup. San Francisco, CA.
  • Senior Software Engineer, Amazon. Palo Alto, CA.
  • Research Engineer, H5 Technologies. San Francisco, CA.


  • PhD in Computer Science

    Dartmouth College

  • B.S. in Computer Science

    Simmons College

About Me

    With my husband Tom in Alaska, 2019. I ran the Anchorage Marathon and saw a moose!
    I run (very slowly) with a local running group in my neighborhood, the Dorchester Running Club. I've run a handful of marathons, including the MOST FUN EVER 2018 Millinocket Marathon, which didn't charge a registration fee but encouraged all the runners to go and spend money to support the small town of Millinocket. In my experience, runners are about the most friendly and welcoming group of people you'll find in any community.
    Dorchester Running Club
    With the Dorchester Running Club

    We have a lil puppy named Grizz! He was brought up by a local rescue from Memphis, where we used to live, so we named him after the second-best NBA team.

    Grizz Strange (Summer 2021)

    We also used to have a sweet, mellow bulldog called Tugboat. You might have caught a glimpse of Tugs if you've watched my lecture videos. He died in 2020 after many naps on our comfy couch.

    Tugboat Strange (2019)


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