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Lillian Beatrix Pierce

Professor of Mathematics
Mathematics
Duke Box 90320, Room 117 Physics Building, Durham, NC 27708
Duke Box 90320 120 Science Drive,, Durham, NC 27708

Research Interests


Pierce works on questions in mathematics spanning from analytic number theory to harmonic analysis.

Selected Grants


RTG: Linked via L-functions: training versatile researchers across number theory

Inst. Training Prgm or CMECo-Principal Investigator · Awarded by National Science Foundation · 2023 - 2028

Class Groups, Character Sums, and Oscillatory Integrals

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Science Foundation · 2022 - 2025

Investigations in the intersection of number theory and harmonic analysis

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Simons Foundation · 2024 - 2024

CAREER: Research and Training at the Intersection of Number Theory and Analysis

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Science Foundation · 2017 - 2023

Sloan Foundation Fellowship for Lillian Pierce in Mathematics

FellowshipPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Alfred P. Sloan Foundation · 2018 - 2020

RTG: Linked via L-functions: training versatile researchers across number theory

Inst. Training Prgm or CMECo-Principal Investigator · Awarded by National Science Foundation · 2023 - 2028

Class Groups, Character Sums, and Oscillatory Integrals

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Science Foundation · 2022 - 2025

Investigations in the intersection of number theory and harmonic analysis

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Simons Foundation · 2024 - 2024

CAREER: Research and Training at the Intersection of Number Theory and Analysis

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Science Foundation · 2017 - 2023

Sloan Foundation Fellowship for Lillian Pierce in Mathematics

FellowshipPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Alfred P. Sloan Foundation · 2018 - 2020

Re:boot Number Theory

ConferencePrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Security Agency · 2016 - 2018

The circle method, character sums, and sieves: Applications to number theory and harmonic analysis

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Science Foundation · 2014 - 2017

Fellowships, Gifts, and Supported Research


von Neumann Fellow · 2017 - 2018 Institute for Advanced Study
Seed Grant: Duke's Society for Women in Science · 2020 Co-Lead · Duke Office for Faculty Advancement This project invited scholars in the sciences and engineering at Duke to build community and support participation of women in the sciences and engineering, by participating in a lunchtime seminar series featuring casual conversations, buffet lunches, and research seminars.

External Relationships


  • Finnish centre of excellence in Randomness and STructures (FiRST)
  • Hausdorff Center for Mathematics
  • Institut Mittag-Leffler
  • Institute for Advanced Study, governing board for Women and Math

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