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College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management

Faculty and Staff

Tarlan Chahardovali, Ph.D.

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Department of Sport and Entertainment Management
College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management
Phone: 803-576-7618
Office: Close-Hipp 730
LinkedIn: My LinkedIn profile
Resources: Sport Media and Cultural Studies Laboratory
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Ph.D., Florida State University, 2021
M.S., Florida State University, 2015
B.S., Alzahra University, 2011


Tarlan Chahardovali is an assistant professor with the Department of Sport and Entertainment Management and joined the University of South Carolina in the fall of 2022. Her research interests are grounded in improving diversity, identifying structural inequities, policy making and gender equity in sport. Her current line of inquiry focuses on athletes' labor and demand in sport markets with a special focus on the value of women's labor/women's sport and the gender pay gap in the sport industry.

Chahardovali previously worked as a postdoctoral research scholar at the Global Sport Institute at Arizona State University. She holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in sport management from Florida State University and a Bachelor of Science in physical education/exercise science from Alzahra University in Tehran, Iran.

Chahardovali was a competitive middle-distance runner in her home country of Iran prior to moving to the U.S. in 2014. She once ran across the Grand Canyon from rim to rim on one day, only to run back across two days later.

In the Media


  • SPTE 201 – Introduction to Sport Management
  • SPTE 585 – Sports Economics

Research Interests

  • Political economy of sport
  • Labor studies
  • Women's labor and gender pay gap in sport
  • Market dynamics in women's sport

Research Publications

Mcleod, C. M., & Chahardovali, T. (2023). How do low-paid athletes in the United States understand the meaning of the word "professional" in "professional athlete"? Sport in Society, 1-20.

Chahardovali, T., Watanabe, N. M., & Dastrup, R. W. (2023). Does location matter? An econometric analysis of stadium location and attendance at National Women’s Soccer League matches. Sociology of Sport Journal, (aop), 1-12.

McLeod, C. M., Agha, N., Pifer, N. D., & Chahardovali, T. (2023). Unrealistic expectations and future status coercion in minor league baseball players' future-oriented labor. Sociology of Sport Journal, (aop), 1-10.

Watanabe, N. M., Soebbing, B. P., Chahardovali, T., & Huang, Y. (2023). The emergence of mixed martial-arts and the future of boxing: An analysis of consumer interest and compensation. Journal of Sports Economics, (aop).

Gerretsen, S., Chahardovali, T., & Brooks, S. (2023). Title IX and career pathways of women across NCAA women’s basketball programs: An intersectional approach to human capital in hiring. Journal of Intercollegiate Sport, 16(1), 25-53.

Chahardovali, T., & McLeod, C. M. (2022). Manufacturing dreams and investing in future generations: Women athletes' inspirational labor in the marketing and promotion of their sport. Sociology of Sport Journal, (aop), 1-10.

Chahardovali, T., Ternes, N. C., & Holden, J. (2019). Non-citizens, the first amendment, and stadium speech. Michigan State International Law Review, 27(2), 283-304.

McLeod, C. M., Holden, J. T., Hawzen, M. G., & Chahardovali, T. (2019). Do influxes of atypical labor make sport event workers prone to exploitation? Sport Management Review, 22(4), 527-539.

Book Chapters

Chahardovali, T. (2023). The precarious labour of women footballers: A shadow in the light of the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup. In A. Beissel, V. Postlethwaite, A. Grainger & J. E. Brice (Eds.), The 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup: Politics, representation, and management (pp. 52-67). Routledge.

Giardina, M. D., Chahardovali, T., & Newman, J. I. (2021). Globalization, ideology, and sport. In J. Maguire, K. Liston & M. Falcous (Eds.), The Palgrave handbook of globalization and sport (pp. 181-203). Palgrave Macmillan.

Professional Affiliations

  • North American Society for the Sociology of Sport
  • North American Society for Sport Management
  • Sport and Recreation Law Association

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