Kyle R. Gibson, Ph.D.

Place of Birth: Nebraska City, Nebraska

Education

Ph.D. (2004-2011): University of Utah

Dissertation:  Demographic and Individual Factors as Causes of Suicide Terrorism

Major: Anthropology with specialization in human evolutionary ecology

M.A. (2002-2004): University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Thesis:  Relatedness and Investment in Adoptive Households

Major: Anthropology with specialization in cultural anthropology

B.A. (1996-2000): University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Majors: Anthropology, English

Minor: Sociology

High School (1992-1996): Nebraska City Senior High

Research Interests

Human evolutionary ecology, evolution, foragers, suicide terrorism, adoption, fictive kinship, family structure and dynamics

Teaching Interests

Human evolutionary ecology, applied anthropology, cultural anthropology, ethnographic methods

Academic Experience

Institution: University of Utah

Date: August 2007 to 2011

Title: Instructor, Anthropology 2018: Human Universals

Institution: University of Utah

Date: August 2006 to May 2007

Title: Graduate Teaching Assistant for Henry Harpending, Ph.D.

Institution: University of Utah

Date: January to May, 2006

Title: Graduate Assistant for Pollie Price, Ph.D. (Division of Occupational Therapy)

Institution: University of Utah

Date: August to December, 2005

Title: Graduate Assistant for Pollie Price, Ph.D. (Division of Occupational Therapy)

Institution: University of Utah

Date: January to May, 2005

Title: Graduate Assistant for Pollie Price, Ph.D. (Division of Occupational Therapy)

Institution: University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Date: August to December, 2003

Title: Graduate Teaching Assistant for Anthropology 110: Introduction to Anthropology for Mary Willis, Ph.D.

Institution: University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Date: January to May, 2003

Title: Graduate Teaching Assistant for Anthropology 212: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology for Raymond Hames, Ph.D.

Skills

Computer: Stata, SPSS, Maple, Ethnograph, Linux

Other: 35mm, medium format, and digital photography

Languages

Foreign: Latin (written)

Computer: HTML, Maple

Organizations

Member: American Anthropological Association

Member: Human Behavior and Evolution Society

Member: Nebraska Academy of Science

Member: American Association for the Advancement of Science 

President: (2003-2004): UNL Anthropology Group

Founder: (2003-2004): UNL Evolutionary Sciences Student and Faculty Reading Group

Presentations

Gibson, K.

(2009) “Demographic and Individual Factors as Causes for Suicide Terroism” Human Behavior and Evolution Society Annual Meeting. May, 2009. Fullerton, CA. 

Gibson, K.

(2004) “Relatedness and Investment in Adoptive Households” University of Utah Graduate Student Colloquium. October 2004. Salt Lake City, Utah.

Gibson, K.

(2004) “Relatedness and Investment in Adoptive Households- Preliminary Findings” Central States Anthropological Society annual meeting. April 15, 2004. Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Gibson, K.

(2004) “Relatedness and Investment in Adoptive Households – Pilot Study” Nebraska Academy of Science annual meeting. April 16, 2004. Nebraska Wesleyan University. Lincoln, Nebraska.

Gibson, K.

(2002) “ Subsistence Change Among the Kweneng and Dobe San: Social Shifts for Men, Women and the Aged” Department of Anthropology and Geography. University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Lincoln, Nebraska.

Gibson, K.

(2002) “Third Molar Agenesis and Dietary Change” Department of Anthropology and Geography. University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Lincoln, Nebraska.

Scholarships and Grants (Award Amount)

August 2009 - May 2010 - University of Utah TACC Course Development Grant($10000.00)

August 2008 - National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Award Grant

August 2008 - Wenner Grenn Dissertation Award

August 2007 - Instructor: Anthropology 2018 – Human Universals - University of Utah Department of Anthropology($5000.00)

January 2007 - Graduate Teaching Assistantship - University of Utah Department of Anthropology($5000.00)

August 2006 - Graduate Teaching Assistantship - University of Utah Department of Anthropology ($5000.00)

April 2006 - Center for Contemporary Rehabilitation Research, Education and Practice Grant ($5000.00)

March 2006 - Press-Ganey and AssociatesCenter for Healthcare Service Excellence’s Best Practices Research Program Grant

February 2006 - Office of the Vice President for Research Seed Grant - University of Utah

January 2006 - Graduate Assistantship- University of Utah Division of Occupational Therapy ($5000.00)

August 2005 - Graduate Assistantship- University of Utah Division of Occupational Therapy ($5000.00)

March 2005 - Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation Quality of Life Grant

February 2005 - Office of the Vice President for Research Seed Grant - University of Utah

February 2005 – College of Health Research and Creative Grant Competition – University of Utah

January 2005 - Graduate Assistantship- University of Utah Division of Occupational Therapy ($5000.00)

January 2004 - Champe-Weakly Student Research Grant - University of Nebraska - Lincoln Department of Anthropology and Geography ($844.00)

August 2003 - Graduate Teaching Assistant Scholarship - University of Nebraska - Lincoln Department of Anthropology and Geography ($5000)

January 2003 - Graduate Teaching Assistant Scholarship - University of Nebraska – Lincoln Department of Anthropology and Geography ($5000)

Papers

Gibson, K. (2011) "The Roles of Operational Sex Ratio and Young-Old Ratio in Producing Suicide Attackers." Ph.D. Dissertation - University of Utah Department of Anthropology.

Purzycki, Benjamin Grant and Kyle Gibson (2011) "Religion and Violence:  An Anthropological Study on Religious Belief and Violent Behavior."  Skeptic 16(2):22-27.

Gibson, K. (2009) "Differential Parental Investment in Households with Both Adopted and Genetic Children."Evolution and Human Behavior.

Gibson, K. (2008) "The Evolution of Small Adult Body Size in Homo Floresiensis" Manuscript in preparation.

Gibson, K. (2005) “Punitive Behavior in eBay Auctions” Nebraska Anthropologist. 20:23-28. University of Nebraska – Lincoln.

Gibson, K. (2004) “Evolutionary Theory in Anthropology: Providing Ultimate Explanations for Human Behavior” Nebraska Anthropologist. 19:1-3. University of Nebraska – Lincoln.

Gibson, K. (2004) “Relatedness and Investment in Adoptive Households” Master’s Thesis. University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Department of Anthropology and Geography. Committee Members: Raymond Hames, Ph.D., Patricia Draper, Ph.D., Lynn White, Ph.D

Professional References

Kristen Hawkes, Ph.D.

University of Utah

Department of Anthropology

270 S. 1400 E. Room 102 Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0060

(801) 581-6251

kristen.hawkes@anthro.utah.edu

Elizabeth Cashdan, Ph.D.

University of Utah

Department of Anthropology

270 S. 1400 E. Room 102

Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0060

(801) 581-6251

elizabeth.cashdan@anthro.utah.edu

Raymond Hames, Ph.D.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Department of Anthropology

126 Bessey Hall Lincoln, NE 68588-0368

(402) 472-6240

rhames@unl.edu

Patricia Draper, Ph.D.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Department of Anthropology

126 Bessey Hall Lincoln, NE 68588-0368

(402) 472-5445

pdraper@unlserve.unl.edu