David Kyle Ph.D.
Office Hours for :
- Thursday 12:30-2:00
- Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
My current research (with alumnus John Dale and other collaborators) engages the intersection of creativity, cognitive migration, and the moral management of the imagination. Our work concerns why and how we make perceived "leaps" beyond existing social structures and expectations, including the connection with "artistic" visions and creative activities. Empirical research projects underway concern human mobility in the context of climate change and health scenarios (CA/Mexico), social entrepreneurs and social impact investors (Burma), and the dreaming and planning phase of artistic and scientific visions of new productive directions. Running through this work is a deep exploration of creative agency and human freedom. We give special attention to brokers and "outside" influencers during the forecasting and envisioning phase of individual and collective social action within transnational social fields. I've taught jazz piano privately for nine years and perform with improvisational musical groups.
Current Book Project:
Inventing Creativity: The Challenge of Innovation for the Sociological Imagination
- Kyle, David. 2011. Global Human Smuggling: Comparative Perspectives, 2nd Edition (co-edited with Rey Koslowski). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.
- Kyle, David. 2000. . Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.
- SOC 46a, Social Research Methods
- SOC 1, Intro to Sociology
- SOC/ IRE 104 International Mobility
- SOC 295 Sociology of Creativity
- UC Global Health Institute
- John Muir Institute on the Environment