Kelsey Fulton

Security researcher. Climber. Coffee aficianado. (They/Them/Theirs)



1650 Arapahoe St

Golden, CO 80401

I’m an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the Colorado School of Mines. I did my PhD at the University of Maryland, advised by Michelle Mazurek in the Security, Privacy, and People Lab (SP2).

My research centers around secure software development, with a focus on the human factors impacting secure software development. I’m interested in understanding how software developers and security professionals reason and think about security in their job roles. Specifically, I’d like to explore how current security interventions, tools, programming languages, and organizational processes fail developers and security professionals and how we can improve them. As a result of my work, I aim to provide scientifically-based recommendations for improvements of secure development resources, secure development tools, and secure development processes.

I have a few openings for excited, motivated students. If you are interested in a PhD, please send me an email describing, specifically, what interests you about my research. If you are interested in working with me as an undergrad, please feel free to stop by my office or send me an email. Prospective students can look at the prospective students page for details.


Jun 21, 2024 Our paper detailing the system we built for remote secure development studies has been accepted at CSET 2024!
May 13, 2024 Work with colleagues exploring the coomunity experiences of security professionals has been accepted at SOUPS 2024!
May 13, 2024 Our paper exploring alternatives to code writing as a method for secure development studies has been accepted at SOUPS 2024!
Aug 14, 2023 I started as an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science department at the Colorado School of Mines.
Aug 07, 2023 I won the John Karat Usable Security and Privacy Student Research Award

selected publications

  1. Write, Read, or Fix? Exploring Alternative Methods for Secure Development Studies
    Kelsey R Fulton , Joseph Lewis , Nathan Malkin, and 1 more author
    In Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security , 2024
  2. S&P
    Vulnerability Discovery for All: Experiences of Marginalization in Vulnerability Discovery
    Kelsey R Fulton , S. Katcher , K. Song , and 4 more authors
    In IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy , 2023
  3. CCS
    Understanding the How and the Why: Exploring Secure Development Practices through a Course Competition
    Kelsey R Fulton , Daniel Votipka, Desiree Abrokwa , and 3 more authors
    In ACM SIGSAC Conference on Computer and Communications Security , 2022
  4. Benefits and Drawbacks of Adopting a Secure Programming Language: Rust as a Case Study
    Kelsey R Fulton , Anna Chan , Daniel Votipka, and 2 more authors
    In Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security , 2021