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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.

Christopher Corr

Chris Corr

Chris Corr is from Jacksonville, Florida. He received his B.S. in telecommunications management and his M.S. in sport management from the University of Florida. His background includes college football recruiting for two SEC schools, which has inspired his research involving athlete wellbeing at collegiate institutions. Corr teaches SPTE 490 – The Student Athlete Experience. In his spare time, Corr enjoys spending time with his wife and son playing, hiking and swimming.

Ryan Dastrup

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.

Jacqueline Hague

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, #officialclassofNASCAR

Jesse Kasser

Jesse Kasser

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

Grace Kazmierski

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.

Timothy Koba

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

Alexia Pedo Lopes, from Brazil, received her B.B.A. and M.S. with a focus in international business from KU Leuven University in Belgium. Her research interests are in the areas of sports management and sports psychology. Her interest in pursuing a Ph.D. comes from loving the sports world, being her brother's manager for years (he is a professional motocross rider) and volunteering as a teacher in Peru in an NGO, which gave her an opportunity to realize she would love to become a professor.

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

Eric Nichols hails from Blythewood, S.C. 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. 

Christopher Scroggins

Chris Scroggins, from Waynesboro, Va., 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. 

Misun Won

Misun Won

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 attending sports events, ticket sales, and the Olympics. Her hobbies include volleyball, swimming, watching movies and listening to music. CV available here.

 Tsu-Lin Yeh

Tsu-Lin Yeh

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.


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