Kristin is an Associate Professor in the Creative Technologies Program at Illinois State University, exploring the role that computation plays in embodied creative processes. She has a history of working in choreography, computational creativity, media performance, interactive art and design tools due to her background in movement, technical theater, interaction design and programming. Kristin is a researcher with the movingstories: Tools for Digital Movement, Meaning and Interaction research partnership exploring the cognition of movement experience and designing movement applications for creativity support tools. She hosted the 2022 International Conference on Movement and Computing in Chicago (MOCO2022), and was the Executive Producer for the 21st International Symposium for Electronic Art  (ISEA2015) held in Vancouver, Canada. Kristin publishes in the fields of cognitive science, computational creativity, movement and computing and electronic art. She holds a BFA in Dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana, Champaign, an MSc and PhD from Simon Fraser University in Interactive Arts and Technology, studying with Dr. Thecla Schiphorst and Dr. Philippe Pasquier. Kristin holds an AmSat certification in Alexander Technique and is finishing a certification in Laban Movement Analysis. 

Contact: kacarl1@ilstu.edu


  • PhD, Digital Choreographic Support Tools, Simon Fraser University, 2016. ‘Ah Ha’ Moments: Novice Choreographers Using Defamiliarization in Digital Choreographic Technologies
  • MSc, Computer-Aided Choreographic Process, Simon Fraser University, 2011. Exploring Creative Decision-Making in Choreographic Practice: A Phenomenological Study of Situated Cognition
  • BFA, Dance, University of Illinois at Urbana/ Champaign, 2005
  • M.AmSAT, Alexander Technique Certification, 2016
  • Laban Movement Analyst Certification, In Process.


  • College Outstanding Researcher Award, ISU, 2020-2021
  • Service Initiative Award, ISU (University Level), 2018-2019
  • Research Initiative Award, ISU (University Level), 2017-2018
  • Creative Activity Initiative Award, ISU (University Level), 2016-2017
  • President’s PhD Scholarship, SFU, Spring 2015
  • Ralph M. Howatt Family Graduate Scholarship, SFU, Spring 2015
  • Graduate Research Award,  SFU, Summer 2013
  • Graduate Fellowship,  SFU, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011
  • Special Entrance Scholarship, SFU, Spring 2011
  • FCAT Student Travel Award,  SFU, 2014, 2013, 2011, 2010
  • Best Student Paper, Cognitive Science Society, The Second International Conference on Computational Creativity, Summer 2011
  • Various Performance Awards,  UIUC, 2001 – 2005
  • Talented Student Tuition Award,  UIUC, 2001 – 2005