Russell Howell

Russell Howell

Kathleen Smith Professor of Mathematics
Phone: (805) 565-6178
Email: howell 'at' westmont 'dot' edu

Spring Term Office Hours (Winter Hall, Room 307)
Tuesday: 2:30–4:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 3:30–4:30 p.m.
Thursday: 2:30–4:00 p.m.
Friday: 3:30–5:00 p.m., except on faculty meeting and seminar dates.

Complex Analysis

Curriculum Vitae

Professor Howell has been twice honored with Westmont’s “Teacher of the Year” award, and while serving at Westmont has held temporary appointments at U.C. Berkeley, Calvin College, the University of Maryland, Oxford University, and the U.S. Air Force Academy. He has lived and worked abroad (Korea, Scotland, England), led Westmont’s Mexico semester, and co-led Westmont’s Europe semester. A piano player, he also enjoys tennis, ocean kayaking, and hiking with his wife (Kay) and yellow lab (Dickens).

Course Web Pages
Fall Courses, 2017: Spring Courses, 2018:
Introduction to Statistics (MA-005)
Multivariable Calculus (MA-019)
Mathematics in Context (MA-004)
Complex Analysis (MA-140)

Research Interests

  • Complex analysis
  • Theological and philosoophical issues relating to mathematics

Selected Publications

  • R.W. Howell, E. Schrohe. “Unpacking Rouché’s Theorem”, PRIMUS, December 2017, 27, 801–813. Also served as guest editor for this special theme issue on complex analysis.
  • R.W. Howell. “The Matter of Mathematics.”, Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, June 2015, 67(2), 74–88, (lead essay for a theme issue on mathematics).
  • J. H. Mathews, R. W. Howell. Complex Analysis for Mathematics and Engineering, sixth ed., Jones and Bartlett, Sudbury, MA, 2012.
  • W. J. Bradley, R. W. Howell (editor and contributor). Mathematics Through the Eyes of Faith, HarperOne, San Francisco, CA, 2011.
  • R. W. Howell. “Does Mathematical Beauty Pose Problems for Naturalism?” in Taking Every Thought Captive: Forty Years of the Christian Scholar’s Review, D. W. King (Ed.), ACU Press, Abilene, TX, 2011, chapter 22, pp. 329–339, (one of 25 articles selected from among those published in Christian Scholar’s Review between 1970 and 2010).
  • R. W. Howell. “Lewis’s Miracles and Mathematical Elegance” in C.S. Lewis as Philosopher, J. W. Dave Bagit, G. Habermas (Eds.), InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, IL, 2008, chapter 13, pp. 211–227.
  • R. W. Howell, W. J. Bradley (Eds.). Mathematics in a Postmodern Age: A Christian Perspective, Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, MI, 2001.
  • J. H. Mathews, R. W. Howell. “The Tangent Parabola”. The AMATYC Review 2001, 25–32.
  • R. H. Gundry, R. W. Howell. “The Sense and Syntax of John 3:14–17 with Special Reference to the Use of οὕτος … ὥστε in John 3:16”. Novum Testamentum 1999, 24–39.