Shrutarshi Basu 

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Started on May 15, 2022. Published on May 15, 2022.

I’m currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in Computer Science at Harvard University. I am working on the legal applications and implications of computational technologies. In particular, I am interested in the potential of programming languages and associated tools to develop programs that are used to enforce legal contracts.

I recently completed the PhD program at the Computer Science Department at Cornell University working under Nate Foster. Previously I’ve worked at:

Interests & Projects

My interests are centered around languages—human, computational, legal and visual. I’m interested in the way we use them to communicate and build structures of knowledge and information.

I am also interested in publication systems. The World Wide Web offers a great opportunity for human discourse and collaboration and an important part of that is usable web publishing systems. I currently use (and occasionally contribute to) a programmable publishing system called Pollen.

Outside of computational interests, I have been meditating semi-regularly for a few years now, and have recently started studying Zen Buddhism. I am also interested in writing tools and instruments, especially fountain pens and inks.

Mundane details

In 2018 I finished a PhD at Cornell University’s Computer Science department, located in Ithaca, NY. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Lafayette College in 2011 with degrees in Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering. I’m originally from Calcutta, India where I went to school at St. Xavier’s Collegiate School.

If you’re interested in more details, take a look at my curriculum vitae.


Please send email to shr(AT) Please tweet to @basus on Twitter.


This is version 3 of this website. It was built from Markdown source files using the Hugo static site generator. Previous iterations of the site were written by hand, or built using Pollen.

This website is hosted on an Arch Linux VPS by the Linode hosting service. Pages are (mostly) static HTML5 and CSS and served by the Nginx web server. Some pages were converted from equivalent LaTeX files. The fonts used are from the Merriweather family, serif for most body text and sans for headings. For design and layout influences, see my website references.

Almost all text was authored in the Emacs text editor on on a 14-inch 2022 MacBook Pro running macOS Monterey.