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 Ph.D. 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.
Jiayao Chee Qi
Jiayao Chee Qi, from Hangzhou, China, earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
- Finance from Northern Arizona University and his Master of Science in Education
- Sport Management from Baylor University. His research interests include organizational
behavior and human resource management in sport. Chee also has experiences in mentoring
at-risk undergraduate students from various backgrounds. He enjoys automobile track
events and performance driving.
Chris Corr is from Jacksonville, Florida. He received his Bachelor of Science in Communications
Management and his Master of Science in Sport Management from the University of Florida.
Prior to coming to South Carolina, he worked in football recruiting at two programs
in the Southeastern Conference. Corr serves as a research associate in the College
Sport Research Institute (CSRI) and is currently the program manager for the Commission
on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA). His research areas include institutional
logics, athletic role engulfment and critical race theory in sport. Corr teaches SPTE
101 - The Student-Athlete Experience and SPTE 310 - Collegiate Athletics. In his spare
time, Corr enjoys spending time with his wife and their two children.
Ryan Dastrup is from Salt Lake City, Utah. He received his B.S. from Utah Valley University
and his M.S. in Sports Management from Ohio University. Dastrup brings significant
sponsorship industry experience and expertise as he has led client engagements with
both brands, rights holders and agencies working across a wide range of industries.
Ryan has experience in selling and activating sponsorship for the Phoenix Suns, Arizona
Coyotes and Harlem Globetrotters. He has worked on market research, media evaluations
and consulting for some of the largest brands and sports properties worldwide during
his time with Nielsen Sports and Major League Soccer.
Wil Fisackerly is from Englewood, Florida, and earned his Bachelor Science in Sport
Communications and Marketing, Multimedia Journalism and Film Studies from Florida
Southern College and his Master of Science in Collegiate Athletic Administration from
Coker University. His research interest is in esports with a focus on its inclusion
into the higher education model. Fisackerly enjoys video gaming, live streaming, disc
golf, and cinematography.
Jacqueline "Jackie" Hague
Jacqueline "Jackie" Hague received her Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Communication
from Seton Hall University and her Master of Arts in Media Ecology from New York University.
Hague has more than 25 years of marketing experience in consumer packaged goods, sports
and entertainment partnerships. Her research areas of interest include brand and entertainment
characters, anthropomorphization, personification, marketing and family businesses. #officialprofessorofNASCAR,
Xiaoan Huang is originally from Beijing, China. Huang received his bachelor's degree
in finance from Georgetown University and his master of finance degree from Johns
Hopkins University. Huang has lived in more than six states and ten cities in the
U.S. His research areas of interest include professional sport leagues, sport management
in developing countries, college athletics, sport finance and sport economics. In his
free time, Huang enjoys playing basketball, working out and listening to podcasts. His
favorite food is Kung Pao chicken and Ben & Jerry's ice cream.
Chan Hyeon Hur
Chan Hyeon, from South Korea, received his Bachelor of Physical Education in Sports
and Leisure Studies from Korea University and his Master of Sport Management in Global
Sport Management from Seoul National University. His research areas of interest include
sports economics (economic impact / legacy of mega sports events and others) and big
data and analytics. He received Best Conference Presentation Award of "The 2019 Sport
Issue Forum & The 31st Seoul International Sport Conference in Commemoration of the
1988 Seoul Olympic Games" from Korean Society for Sport Management in 2019. He also
served as a secretary at Korean Society for Sport Management (KSSM). Outside of academia,
Chan Hyeon enjoys playing golf.
Jesse Kasser is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Kasser received his Bachelor of Science
in Marketing from Hofstra University and his Master of Science in Sport Administration
from the University of Miami. His research areas of interest include college athletics,
consumer behavior and institutional logics theory. Kasser has lived in five different
states and worked for four college athletic institutions. He enjoys college athletics,
professional sports, friends, family, and mentorship.
Grace Kazmierski is from Southlake, Texas, and was recruited to the University of
South Carolina to compete on the Gamecock swimming and diving team. While at UofSC,
she received her Bachelor of Arts in Public Health and Master of Education in Higher
Education and Student Affairs. Grace’s research interests include college athletics,
the Olympic Games, and sustainability in sport. She currently works as the Assistant
Director in UofSC’s Office of Sustainability in addition to her studies. In her free
time, Grace enjoys spending time near the water, watching football, and traveling
to the mountains and coast.
Tim Koba hails from Ithaca, New York, where he worked in sports medicine, fitness
and athletics for 12 years prior to pursuing his Ph.D. Koba received his Bachelor
of Science in Athletic Training and his Master of Science in Sport Management from
SUNY Cortland. His research interests are in sport finance and organizational effectiveness.
He currently teaches SPTE 440 – Business and Finance in Sport and SPTE 325 – Club
and Recreation Programming. CV available here.
Alexia Pedo Lopes
Alexia Pedo Lopes, from Brazil, earned a B.B.A (magna cum laude) and a master's degree
in international business from KU Leuven in Belgium. Her interest in pursuing a Ph.D.
in sport management comes from long involvement with Motocross/Supercross. In addition,
a volunteering experience with an NGO in Peru was a milestone for her, making her
want become an educator. Traveling and hiking are some of her favorite things to do. Lopes
research interest is in the area of motorsports. She currently teaches SPTE 580 –
Business Principles in Sport Management.
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Zeqing "Eric" Mao
Eric Mao, from Shaoxing, China, received his Bachelor of Science in Economics from
the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology and his Master of Science in
Economics from Renmin University of China. Mao's research areas of interest include
sport economics and the e-sports industry. In his free time, Mao enjoys Chinese calligraphy.
Eric Nichols hails from Blythewood, South Carolina. Nichols obtained his Bachelor
of Science in Sports Management and his Master of Business Administration from the
University of Tennessee-Martin. His research interests are in the area of athlete
as a brand. He enjoys golf, traveling and odd tasks related to owning a horse farm.
Chris Scroggins, from Waynesboro, Virginia., received both his Bachelor of Science
in Kinesiology / Exercise Science and Master of Science in Kinesiology / Sport and
Recreation Leadership from James Madison University. Scroggins' research areas of
interest are esports, underrepresented populations in sport, disability / adaptive
sport, and social connectedness through sport. In his free time, Scroggins enjoys
fishing and hiking.
Michael Seidman is from New Orleans, Louisiana, where he worked at the world-famous
Commander’s Palace for the better part of a decade in several roles — accounting
and community bank regulation. Seidman received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting
and Business from the University of Phoenix and an M.B.A. with a finance specialization
from Loyola University. He loves talking accounting, business, and finance and has
research interests related to esports and the novel industry’s struggles with discrimination,
pay inequity, and other important phenomena.
Misun Won, from Gyeonggi-do, Republic of Korea, received her Bachelor of Science in
Sport Administration from Lewis-Clark State College and her Master of Professional
Studies in Sport Industry Management from Georgetown University. Won's research areas
of interest include consumer behaviors in purchasing sports event tickets and ticket
pricing. She recently received a doctoral research grant from the North American Society
for Sport Management (NASSM). Won serves as a student representative at the Korean
American Association for Sport Management (KAASM). Won currently teaches SPTE 380
– Sport and Entertainment Marketing and SPTE 450 – Sales in SPTE Business. In her
spare time, she likes playing volleyball, swimming, watching movies and listening
to music. CV available here.
Tsu-Lin Yeh is from Taiwan, where she studied information management for both bachelor's
and master's degrees at Chang Gung University (CGU). She also received her master's
degree in international sport affairs from National Taiwan Sport University (NTSU).
During her studies at NTSU, she completed the one-year program of Master of Sport
Administration (MSA) at Russian International Olympic University (RIOU). Her research
interests are in the area of sport business management.