Ruth Haas earned her doctorate from Cornell University in 1987 and is currently the chair of Mathematics and Statistics at Smith College. Her research includes areas in algebraic combinatorics as well as graph theory. She is the co-director for the Center of Women in Mathematics, whose post-baccalaureate program was named a Program that Makes a Difference by the AMS in 2011. She has given invited addresses around the world, has had NSF support for research, conferences and infrastructure programs. She has over 25 co-authors, ranging from undergraduate students to emeriti faculty.