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David Kyle Ph.D.

David Kyle, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

2265 SS&H

Office Hours for Fall 2014 :

  • Tuesday 1:00pm-3:00pm


  1. Ph.D., 1996. Johns Hopkins University (Sociology)
  2. M.A., Florida International University (Development)
  3. B.A., Loyola University (Psychology)



Curriculum Vitae

Building on several years of researching the creativity of migrants as they imagine their future lives abroad (though rarely considered to be part of the 'creative class'), as well as the creative entrepreneurship within a migration industry, I'm engaged in three inter-related research and publication agendas: (1) The historical institutional invention and management of "creativity," especially the role of the social sciences applied to business interests and labor management during the first half of the 20th Century (current book project with John Dale: "Inventing Creativity"); (2) How we think collectively about big decisions or 'leaps' and make them, with special attention to the role of cognitive migration and prospective thinking (via mental time travel), including machine-mediated decision-making, and the consequences for both low- and high-skilled labor mobility; (3) The growth of the measurement of creativity and innovation as new forms of knowledge production and distribution among social entrepreneurs, social impact investors investors, and activists. This project (with John Dale) is based on ongoing research in Mexico, Myanmar, and the United States, though other countries are also part of our primary and secondary data collection (Malta, Fiji, Ecuador, Japan, and Norway). Much of our research also concerns transnational institutions and networks not easily captured by a listing of countries.

A future project beginning to inform my teaching of sociology concerns the dynamic evolution of the current conceptions and deployments of 'creative' instruments (organs) in an age of cyborgs and artificial intelligence, especially in the domains of software-assisted artistic production and pedagogy in higher-education.

I've taught jazz piano privately for ten years and perform with improvisational musical groups.


    • SOC 46a, Social Research Methods
    • SOC 1, Introduction to Sociology (Cyborg Edition)
    • SOC/ IRE 104 International Mobility
    • SOC 295 Sociology of Creativity

    Other Campus Affiliations

    • UC Global Health Institute
    • John Muir Institute on the Environment


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University of California, 
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