Sociology and Legal Studies

Pierson's research focuses on the propagation of concepts and information through the social networks formed around and within communities of play. Pierson is a methodologically-focused mixed-methods researcher: he has contributed to the field of Social Network Analysis with his work on Exponential Random Graph Models for Directed Acyclic Graphs, he has generated insights into Swarm Ethnography and Rapid Ethnographic Assessment as part of his work with game development intermediaries, and he has produced research stemming from his work as an Embedded Ethnographer with Montreal indie game development studios.

Pierson is the recipient of the PhD SSHRC Fellowship Award and Clifford C. Clogg Scholarship. He has also presented at the 2018 Sunbelt Conference as well as the 2018 UX Summit.<--break->

Sample Publications 

Engineering Evolution (First Person Scholar, 2016)

Interdisciplinarity and insularity in the diffusion of knowledge: an analysis of disciplinary boundaries between philosophy of science and the sciences (Scientometrics, 2018)

University of Waterloo

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