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Kyle Gibson

Assistant Director, Center for Entrepreneurship
Research Assistant Professor of Management
Center for Entrepreneurship
HLH 315 E
730 N. 14th Street
Lincoln, NE 68508-1515
(402) 472-3353
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Ph.D. - Anthropology / Human Evolutionary Ecology, University of Utah
M.A. - Anthropology, University of Nebraska
B.A. - Anthropology and English, University of Nebraska
Areas of Expertise
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Statistics
  • Design Thinking
  • Qualitative and Quantitative Methods
  • Institutional Review Board
  • Research Scientist, 2012
  • Research Assistant Professor, 2014
  • Assistant Director, 2016
  • Entrepreneurship Fellow, 2017
CliftonStrengths ®
  • Empathy
  • Learner
  • Maximizer
  • Developer
  • Input
Fall 2020 Office Hours

I'm working remotely for the Fall semetster of 2020, but I welcome Zoom calls.  Please email me to schedule.    


Kyle Gibson, Ph.D. is the Assistant Director and a Research Assistant Professor at the Center for Entrepreneurship in the College of Business Administration at UNL.  He currently conducts applied research using mixed methods to understand the business landscape in the Lincoln, Omaha, and greater Nebraska area.  His past publications addressed a variety of applied topics including the welfare of adopted children, the causes of suicide terrorism, and the role of religion in warfare.

Outside academia, he has held positions as a manager, controller, marketing analyst and copywriter.  He has worked in startup environments for nearly 20 years, beginning with a small retail store and ending most recently with a rapidly growing Inc. 5000 company. 

Prior to earning a Ph.D. in human evolutionary ecology at the University of Utah, Kyle completed B.A.s in Anthropology and English and an M.A. in Anthropology, all at UNL.

He is an active photographer and musician.  



  • Welbourn, T.W. and K. Gibson (2015), Building Human Capital Advantage in Initial Public Offerings (IPOs): The Effect on Long-Term Survival and Performance.  Academy of Management Proceedings..
  • Purzycki, B. and K. Gibson (2011), Religion and Violence: An Anthropological Study on Religious Belief and Violent Behavior, Skeptic Magazine. 16(2).
  • Gibson, K., Rogers, A., Cashdan, E. (2011), Online Teaching Guidebook, Department of Anthropology. University of Utah.
  • Gibson, K. (2009), Differential Parental Investment in Families with both Adopted and Genetic Children, Evolution and Human Behavior. 30(3:184-189).
  • Gibson, K. (2005), Punitive Behavior in eBay Auctions, Nebraska Anthropologist. 20:23-28.
  • Gibson, K. (2004), Evolutionary Theory in Anthropology: Providing Ultimate Explanations for Human Behavior, Nebraska Anthropologist. 19:1-3.


  • Gibson, K., (n.d.), On Quitting.  Manuscript in preparation.
  • Gibson, K., (n.d.), Operational Sex Ratio as a Predictor of Suicide Attacks, Manuscript in preparation.
  • Gibson, K., (n.d.), The Evolution of Small Adult Body Size in Homo Floresiensis, Manuscript in preparation.
  • Hawkes, K., Parker, C., Keefe, E., Gibson, K., Kennedy, B., Parish, A. (n.d.), Rock of Ages: An Experimental Analysis of Children’s Construction of Stone Tools. Working paper. University of Utah Department of Anthropology.


  • 2018 Making Your Own Way:  From Nebraska Roots to National Success.  Lincoln Calling Music Festival Panel (Moderator).
  • 2018 Anthropology in Entrepreneurship and Business:  Discovery, Diversity and Responsibility.  Department of Anthropology Colloquium Series, UNL.
  • 2017 On Quitting:  Perspectives from Anthropology, Entrepreneurship, and Ecology.  Nerd Nite Lincoln.
  • 2016 Applied Anthropology.  Department of Anthropology, UNL.
  • 2015 Website Optimization and Online Analytics.  ExporTech MEP Annual Meeting, Innovation Campus, UNL.
  • 2015, 2018 Same Sex Parenting.  Department of Anthropology, UNL.
  • 2015 Suicide Terrorism and Religious Violence.  Department of Classics and Religious Studies, UNL.
  • 2009 Demographic and Individual Factors as Causes of Suicide Terrorism. Human Behavior and Evolution Society Annual Meeting. California State – Fullerton.
  • 2009 Demographic Aggression: Do Populations with High Operational Sex and Young-Old Ratios Produce More Suicide Terrorists? Tanner Forum on Violence and Aggression, University of Utah.


  • UNL Entrepreneurship Minor
  • UNL Practicum in Entrepreneurship
  • UNL Family Business Culture and History Project


Graduate Courses

Business Plan Development and Decision Making (ENTR 823) - With Theresa Wellbourne, Ph.D.

Field Methods in Ethnography (ANTH 882) - With Wayne Babchuck, Ph.D.


Undergraduate Courses

Practicum in Entrepreneurship (ENTR 424)

Special Topics in Entrepreneurship / Consultatoin (ENTR 398)

Business Plan Development and Decision Making (ENTR 423) - With Theresa Wellbourne, Ph.D.

Field Methods in Ethnography (ANTH 482) - With Wayne Babchuck, Ph.D.

Human Universals (University of Utah - Anthropology 4130)

Human Origins:  Evolution and Diversity (TA, University of Utah - Anthropology 1020)

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (TA, University of Nebraska - Lincoln - Anthropology 232)

Introduction to Anthropology (TA, University of Nebraska - Lincoln - Anthropology 110)

Teaching Interests
  • Ethnographic Methods
  • Customer Discovery
  • Product Development
  • Market Discovery
  • Statistics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Applied Anthropology
  • Evolutionary Anthropology
  • Evolutionary Theory
  • Ecological Theory
Professional Service
  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Entrepreneurship Fellow
Significant External Service
  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Department of Anthropology, Courtesy Research Assistant Professor
  • Pawlitics, a B Corp, Board of Directors
  • Stalah Services, Board of Directors
  • 89.3 KZUM Radio, Board of Directors (2016-2019) 
  • Nebraska Exposed Unofficial South by Southwest Showcase, Founder, Producer
Institutional Service
  • Global Business Anthropology Conference: Berlin 2020, Co-Organizer
  • Courtesy Research Assistant Professor, UNL Department of Anthropology
  • University of Nebraska Entrepreneurship Fellow, 2016
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