Ryan Coles

Assistant Professor



  • PhD Cornell U., Organizational Theory & Ecology
  • MS Cornell U., Organizational Theory & Ecology
  • MS Brigham Young U., Sociology
  • BA Brigham Young U., Middle Eastern Studies/Arabic


  • Entrepreneurship
  • Technology Commercialization
  • Innovation
  • Internationalization


Ryan Coles is an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurial Management whose research program analyzes entrepreneurship, technology commercialization, and firm growth strategies. Ryan has active studies across a variety of national contexts including: the U.S., Mexico, Peru, Colombia, and the Kingdom of Jordan. Ryan’s quest to understand the social foundations of entrepreneurship has lead him to Tahrir Square during the Arab Spring, Latin American communities with a history of drug cartel violence, the Amazon rain-forest, and more.

Outside of academia, Ryan has worked with start-ups in the volun-tourism and fin-tech sectors, and he has advised V.C. firms on investments in the ed-tech, biotech, and fitness sectors. Ryan is also a fluent Spanish and Arabic speaker, avid wrestler, and advocate for equality, sustainability, and scientific exploration.

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Contact Information
Mailing Address2100 Hillside Rd., Storrs CT 06269
Office LocationStorrs BUSN 344
CoursesMGMT 2234 "The Entrepreneurial Journey"
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