Karin-Therese Howell holds a PhD in Mathematics from the University of the Free State, South Africa. As a scholar, she has published in international peer reviewed journals. Her area of specialisation is in abstract algebra, with a focus on structures called near-vector spaces. Her current research interests also include Mathematical Biology, where biological problems are analysed through an algebraic lens. She is passionate about teaching mathematics and during her fifteen years at Stellenbosch University she was awarded fourteen Vice-Rector’s Awards for Excellence in First-year Teaching.
Long term her goals include contributing to the development of mathematics in Africa, supporting women in mathematics and raising awareness around inclusivity for neurodiversity.