Lillian Pierce

Associate Professor of Mathematics (2018 - 2023)

Lillian Pierce is an assistant professor of Mathematics whose research spans number theory and harmonic analysis. Her research as mathematician received a 5-year NSF CAREER award created to support the research of the most promising young US researchers in science. As a professor, Pierce has developed new undergraduate courses including one on Cryptography demonstrating her novel contributions to the undergraduate program. Equally exceptional, at the graduate level, she served on the oral preliminary committee for two mathematics graduate students in 2016 and she has collaborated with graduate students leading to six joint publications. Finally, Professor Pierce has done tremendous work on increasing the participation of women in mathematics. In particular, she has run a weeklong program called \re:boot designed to mentor and support young female researchers in number theory. She has a deep commitment of service to her profession, to teaching, and to bringing mathematical reasoning to students. She is one of the pillars of the next generation of Duke Mathematics.