Karen E. Smith

William Fulton Distinguished University Professor
Department of Mathematics
University of Michigan.
Ann Arbor

Contact Info

Fall 2022 Teaching: Math 731
Fall 2022 and Winter 2023: Math 217 Course Coordinator (Linear Algebra) (all information on Canvas)

Professor Smith is a frequent visitor to the University of Jyvaskyla in Finland.
She is recently spent sabbatical there, and she spent Fall 2016 there teaching Algebra 2: Field and Galois Theory, and Resolution of Singularities, the latter at the Jyvaskyla Summer School. She has spent the winter semesters 2001 and 2010 there, among other visits.


Advice and Resources Blog Site for Math Graduate Students

Research, Teaching and Professional Service

  • Courses, past and present
  • 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
  • Recent Preprints
  • Pre-2006 Preprints
  • Books
  • Editorial Positions (with instructions how to submit).
  • Math Reviews of some of Smith's papers.
  • Some videotaped lectures
  • GROW-2018

    Resources for Math Students of All Levels looking for interesting Employment: Big Math Network

    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 in AMS Notices

    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.

    Professor Smith has twice organized Special Years in Commutative Algebra at, Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley California, spending time there with support from the Clay Foundation. Check out the famous special year quilt made by Irena Swanson.

    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.