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.
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 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 "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,
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, 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 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.
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, 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 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.