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College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management


Our Ph.D. Students

The Department of Sport and Entertainment Management is home to one of the nation’s premier graduate programs. It has a unique focus on the business of both the sport and entertainment industries. Our faculty are internationally renowned experts and serve as editors and editorial board members of leading sport management and entertainment management publications. Further, many of our faculty have been named as research fellows by the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM), Sport Marketing Association (SMA), and the Sport and Recreation Law Association (SRLA).

Meet our Ph.D. Students 

As one of our PhD students, you'll work closely with faculty on research, grants, and consulting projects. Projects often involve leading organizations within the sport, entertainment, and venue industries. These projects will cultivate lifelong business relationships and networking opportunities you’ll need to advance your career.

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Kelly Evans

Kelly Evans, from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, received her B.S. and M.S. degrees from the Department of Sport and Entertainment Management at the University of South Carolina. Her research interest is in the area of sport and entertainment marketing: sponsorships.

Fei Gao

Fei Gao

Fei Gao, from Beijing, China, received his B.S. degree in Kinesiology from Beijing Sport University and his M.S. degree in Sport Management from Syracuse University. Fei specializes in managerial research on mega-events (i.e., social leverage within large scale events). In addition, as a 10 plus years’ practitioner in the sports industry, he is also proficient in event management. CV available here.

Hua Gong

Hua Gong

From Hangzhou, China, Hua Gong received his B.S. from the University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China, and his M.S. from Texas A&M University. His research interests are in the areas of sport economics and basketball analytics. Hua Gong's personal basketball analytics website can be found here.

Yongjin Hwang

Yongjin Hwang is from Seoul, South Korea and received his B.S. in Business Administration from Sungkyunkwan University and his M.S. in Music Technology from New York University. His research is in the area of branding in sports and entertainment. While in New York City, Yongjin spent four years as a professional recording/mixing engineer. Yongjin teaches SPTE 202 - Intro to Live Entertainment Management and SPTE 380 - Sport and Entertainment Marketing.

Victor Kidd

Victor Kidd

Vic Kidd, from Washington, D.C., received his B.S. in Psychology from Virginia State University and his M.S. in Clinical Social Work from Howard University. His research areas of interest include athletic careers: transitions of youth, college and professional athletes, sport retirement, migration patterns and behavioral health of youth, college and professional athletes, and race and social issues in sport. Vic currently serves as the secretary of Multicultural Student Affairs within the Graduate Student Association. He teaches SPTE 490-001 - Special Topics in Sport and Entertainment Management.

Timothy Koba

Timothy Koba hails from Ithaca, New York, and received his B.S. in Athletic Training and his M.S. in Sport Management from SUNY Courtland. His research areas of interest are finance and leadership in sport, organizational effectiveness and injury prevention. He and his wife, Charisse, have two boys, Julian and Christian, and a dog, Neha. Timothy has been involved in the sport, fitness, and sports medicine fields for 12 years while living in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. His resume may be found here.

Su Jara

Evelyn Jara-Pazmino

Evelyn "Su" Jara-Pazmino hails from Quito, Ecuador. She earned her B.S. from the University of Michigan and her M.S. from the University of South Carolina. Her research interests include organizational behavior, and specifically international student-athletes in U.S. collegiate athletics. She is currently studying the issues and benefits that international student-athletes bring to the U.S college athletic system. Su teaches SPTE 201 - Introduction to Sport Management and SPTE 310 - Collegiate Athletics.

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Katherine Reifurth

From Honolulu, Hawaii, Katherine Reifurth received her B.S. in Psychology from Northwestern University and her M.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Texas Austin. Her research interests are in brand loyalty and team identification.

Ross Walker

Walker Ross

Walker Ross, from Medford, Oregon, received his B.S. in Environmental Ethics and Policy from the University of Portland and his M.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Georgia. His research interests are in environmental issues in sport, sustainability in sport, ethical issues in sport, sport organization behavior, Olympic games and the FIFA World Cup. CV available here.

Christopher Scroggins

Chris Scroggins, from Waynesboro, Virginia, recieved his B.S. in Kinesiology / Exercise Science and M.S. in Kinesiology / Sport and Recreation Leadership from James Madison University. His research areas of interest are disability / adaptive sport, sport for development, ADA accessibility and serious leisure in sport.