At UB, Howell taught courses in American literature, cultural studies, women’s studies and composition. She has also taught philosophy and composition at the Cattaraugus County Campus of Jamestown Community College. Her current scholarship is focused on recovering the early 20th century writings of the Jewish American novelist and screenwriter Vera Caspary.
Howell earned both her doctoral and master’s degrees in English from UB and her bachelor’s degree in English and philosophy from Bryn Mawr College.
A native of Olean, N.Y., Howell lives in Bradford.