Communication and Media Studies Department

David Pierson Ph.D.

Professor of Media Studies
Professor Pierson, photo by Patrick Higgins

Office Location

Communication and Media Studies, 126 Bedford Street

Faculty Office Hours Fall 2016

Monday 1-3 PM and Tuesday 1-3 PM, or by appointment.

Phone

(207)780-5898

Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D., Mass Communication, Penn State University
  • M.S., Radio, Television, and Film, University of North Texas
  • B.S., Radio, Television, and Film, University of Texas at Austin

Profile

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David Pierson has been on the faculty since 2001. He received his Ph.D. in Mass Communication from Penn State University in 2001. In 1993, he completed a Master of Science in Radio-Television-Film from the University of North Texas, and a Bachelor of Science in Radio-Television-Film from the University of Texas at Austin in 1980. He has spent much of his early career working on film, video, and multimedia presentations for a number of audio-visual production companies and contractors in Northern Texas and Louisiana.  David primarily teaches media writing, theory/criticism, and production courses including Introduction to Media Studies, Writing for the Media, Media Criticism and Aesthetics, Film Genres, Introduction to Video Production, Field Video Production, and Advanced Field Video Production.

David's current research interests are the rhetorical, discursive, and aesthetic dimensions of broadcast and cable television programming. He is also interested in television's representation of history. He has published and presented research on such television programs and series as Breaking Bad, Combat!, C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation, Discovery Channel's nature and science programming, The Fugitive, Mad Men, Seinfeld, and Turner Network Television's made-for-TV westerns.

His recent publications include articles in The Journal of Popular Culture and Film and History Journal, as well as book chapters on Turner Network Television's made-for-TV westerns, American situation comedies, and critical pedagogy and mass advertising. He has also presented papers and served as panel chairs at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), Broadcast Education Association, Film and History League, and American Culture Association/Popular Culture Association annual conventions.

David is the recipient of the 2013-14 Faculty Senate Scholarship Award,.  He was also the recipient of the 2007 James E. Murphy Memorial Top Faculty Paper Award in the Critical and Cultural Studies Division of the AEJMC. He has twice won the First Place Open Paper Award and once won the First Place Debut Paper Award in the Production, Aesthetics and Criticism Division of the Broadcast Education Association annual conventions.

David’s free-time pursuits include playing golf, cooking, and touring New England.

 

Areas of Scholarship

Retorical, discursive, and aesthetic dimensions of broadcast and cable television programming. Also, television's representation of history. Published and presented research on such television programs and series as Breaking Bad, Combat!, C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation, Discovery Channel's nature and science programming, The Fugitive, Mad Men, Seinfeld, The Shield, and Turner Network Television's made-for-TV westerns.

Recent Publications

 "AMC's Mad Men and the Politics of Nostalgia." Chapter in Media and Nostalgia: Yearning for the Past, Present and Future. Editor Katharina Niemeyer. Palgrave-Macmillan,  May 2014.

Breaking Bad, Critical Essays on the Contexts, Politics, Style and Reception of the Television Series. Editor David Pierson. Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield, November 2013.  

The FugitiveWayne State University Press, November 30, 2011. 

Presentations

Presented scholarly papers and served as panel chairs at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), Broadcast Education Association, Film and History League, American Culture Association/Popular Culture Association, and Society of Cinema and Media Studies annual conventions.

Awards and Recognition

Faculty Senate Scholarship Award (2013-2014)

James E. Murphy Memorial Top Faculty Paper Award in the Critical and Cultural Studies Division of the AEJMC (200)

First Place Open Paper Award in Production, Aesthetics and Criticism Division of the Broadcast Education Association (Won twice)

First Place Debut Paper Award in the Production, Aesthetics and Criticism Division of the Broadcast Education Association

Professional Activity

Executive board member of the Maine Film and Video Association

Executive board member of the Portland Community Television Network

USM Faculty Senate Executive Committee

USMFaculty Senator for Social Sciences

Member of the Prior Learning Assessment Committee

Media Studies Advising Liaison.