Lamar Pierce has been a professor at the Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis, since 2007 and was a Harrington Faculty Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin for the 2011-2012 academic year. Lamar grew up in a small town on the border of Washington and Idaho, and studied economics, mathematics, and music at the University of Puget Sound before working as an industrial engineer for Boeing.
Lamar completed a Ph.D at the Haas School of Business at University of California, Berkeley, before taking a visiting position at Carnegie Mellon University. Lamar has served a number of roles in software startups, and is currently the Chief Scientific Advisor of CivicScience, a Pittsburgh-based software company.
Lamar currently lives with his wife Vincenza and their son Carlo in St. Louis and splits the rest of his time between Idaho, and Italy. He is particularly fond of speck and huckleberries, and counts mosquitoes among his few mortal enemies. His brother Forrest is a professor of music composition at the University of Kansas and the 2012 winner of the Barlow Prize. You can hear his work (and offer him commissions) here: http://www.forrestpierce.com/.