Russell W. Howell, Ph.D.

Kathleen Smith Professor of Mathematics
Phone: (805) 565-6178

Office Location

Winter Hall, Room 307 (Click here for the campus map)

Office Available

Tuesday: 2:30-4:00 pm, Wednesday: 4:15-5:00 pm, Thursday: 2:30-4:00 pm, Friday: 2:00-3:15 pm, and any time you happen to find me in and available. An optional Zoom link has been provided to students in my classes.

Research Interests

Complex analysis; Theological and philosophical issues relating to mathematics


Professor Howell graduated from Wheaton College, earned his doctorate in mathematics at The Ohio State University, and completed a Master of Science in computer science at the University of Edinburgh. He was twice honored with Westmont’s Teacher of the Year award. He has lived and worked abroad (Korea, Scotland, England), and was a leader for Westmont’s Europe and Mexico semesters. He is co-author of Complex Analysis for Mathematics and Engineering (2012), and co-editor and contributor to Mathematics Through the Eyes of Faith (2011) and Mathematics in a Postmodern Age: A Christian Perspective (2001). A piano player, he also enjoys tennis, ocean kayaking, and hiking.