Georgia Tech Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts

Celia Pearce

Celia Pearce PhD

Associate Professor

Contact Information

Office: TSRB - 85 Fifth Street NW/Room B316
Phone: 310-866-8014

Dr. Celia Pearce is an Associate Professor in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication specializing in games research and media arts. After a 20+ year career in interactive media, she received her PhD in Media Arts in 2006 from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London. Her thesis work, focusing on emergent social behavior in online games, was published by MIT as Communities of Play: Emergent Cultures in Multiplayer Games and Virtual Worlds (2009). She also works in the areas of game art, independent game design, and feminist game studies. She continues to work as a designer and artist, developing games as part of her research activities. She is a co-founder of Ludica women's game collective, IndieCade, the independent video game festival, and Codename, an independent game label.

Academic Research Fields

Digital Games, Game Art, Gender, Independent Games, Interactive Narrative, Online Games, Science, Technology, and Culture, Sociology of Multiplayer Games, Virtual Worlds

Geographic Focus

International, Internet, North America, United States


Diversity in the Game Industry, Documentary Games, Gender, Independent Media
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