Karen E. Smith

Keeler Professor
Department of Mathematics
University of Michigan.
Ann Arbor

On Sabbatical at the University of Jyvaskyla (Finland). See you in January back at UM!

Contact Info

Professor Smith is a frequent visitor to the University of Jyvaskyla in Finland.
She is spending Fall 2016, and has spent the winter semesters 2001 and 2010 there, among other visits.

Professor Smith was recently a Clay scholar at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute,
for one month starting August 20, 2012 (and some shorter visits) as part of the special year in commutative algebra being held there. She'll be giving a course on "F-singularities" as part of the introductory workshop the week of Auguest 27.


Research, Teaching and Professional Service

  • Recent Preprints
  • Pre-2006 Preprints
  • Books
  • Editorial Positions (with instructions how to submit).
  • Math Reviews of some of Smith's papers.
  • Courses
  • Smith's post-docs
  • Smith's graduate students and Math genealogy (See also this 2008 photo of Karen's clan from Yogesh's graduation party.)
  • Smith's undergraduate research students
  • Some videotaped lectures
  • AMS committees and other national service
  • Papers reviewed by Smith

    A brief description of Smith's research interests in mathematics (Caution: not necessarily recent).

    A brief Bio and another longer one, neither of which was approved by me, but mostly accurate.

    An Interview with Cogito

    For more information on Karen's life and career up to 2002, see the longer autobiographical essay in the book "Complexities: Women in Mathematics," Edited by Bettye Anne Case and Anne M. Leggett, published in 2005 by Princeton University Press.

    The Hochster Conference and some pictures taken by Manuel Blickle.

    She also spent the academic year 2002-2003 academic year serving as an organizer for the Special Year in Commutative Algebra at MSRI in Berkeley CA, supported by the Clay Foundation. Check out the famous special year quilt made by Irena Swanson. And again a decade later, she helped organized another special year in commutative algebra there.

    Math Links

    Other links

    Karen E. Smith's research and teaching activities are partially funded by the National Science Foundation, and have also been funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, by the Clay Foundation, and by a US government Fulbright fellowship.
    several since July 11, 1997.

    This web page would not have been possible without the generous help
    of the MIT staff, especially Tivon Luker and Larry Nolan.