Shira Viel

Assistant Professor of the Practice of Mathematics

Department of Mathematics
Duke University
Shira Viel
Email: shira.viel [at]
Office: Physics Building #035
Mailing Address: 120 Science Drive, Durham NC 27708

  • Mathematics Education
    • Active learning
    • Teacher professional development
  • Algebraic Combinatorics
    • Cluster algebras
  • Ph.D. in Mathematics with graduate minor in Statistics, North Carolina State University, 2018
  • M.S. in Mathematics, North Carolina State University, 2014
  • Post-Baccalaureate in Mathematics, Smith College, 2012
  • B.A. in Mathematics & Theatre, Rice University, 2009


Fall 2019 Office Hours:
All course materials can be found through the course websites on Sakai.

Previous courses taught at Duke:
On-campus resources for assistance:

Math Help Room
Academic Resource Center
ARC Learning Consultations
ARC Math Study Groups


I wrote my thesis in algebraic combinatorics with a focus on surface and orbifold models of cluster algebras
under the direction of Nathan Reading. In general, I enjoy combinatorial questions with a concrete, geometric flavor.
I am also interested in the scholarship of teaching and learning in mathematics.



I love sharing my love of mathematics! I particularly enjoy working with younger students and demonstrating that math is for everyone.


Outside of teaching and doing mathematics, I enjoy baking, Ultimate, crosswords, and spending time outdoors with my family.