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College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management


Our Ph.D. Students

The School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management is home to one of the nation’s premier graduate programs with a leading-edge curriculum and an innovative learning environment emphasizing leadership development for current and future managers and educators. We are internationally renowned faculty experts in resort operations, timeshare management, social and economic impact of tourism and restaurateurs as well as leading authorities on culinary arts, conference planning, world travel and more.

Meet our Ph.D. Students 

As one of our Ph.D students, you'll have opportunities for research, field studies and work experience in premier national and international tourist destinations in an atmosphere that cultivates the lifelong business relationships and networking opportunities you’ll need to advance your career. 

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Howard (Brodie) Clark

Brodie Clark, from Bowling Green, Kentucky, attended the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky, where he received his bachelor's degree in civil engineering and his master's degree in retailing and tourism management. Clark's research interests include consumer behavior and human resource issues in the restaurant industry. His previous industry experience includes event planning, catering and restaurant management. Clark's hobbies include trying new restaurants and then attempting to recreate his favorite meals into recipes at home.

Clark is funded in his studies by HRTM’s International Institute for Foodservice Research and Education under the direction of Robin DiPietro, Ph.D.

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Ali Iskender

Ali Iskender was born in Turkey to parents from Macedonia and Kosovo. Iskender obtained his bachelor's of science in economics from the University of Anatolia and in business administration from Uludag University, Turkey. He also participated in a one-year study at Opole University of Technology, Poland. After several years' experience working in accounting and finance, he attended the University of Florida, where he obtained his master’s degree in tourism. His research interests include film-tourism, the impact of popular culture on travel behaviors, and branding and marketing in tourism.

Iskender's studies are funded by the Richardson Family SmartState Center of Economic Excellence in Tourism and Economic Development under the direction of Simon Hudson, Ph.D.

Dan Jin

Dan Jin

Dan Jin, received her B.A. in business English from Xi’an International Studies University, Shaanxi, China, and her M.S. in hospitality and tourism management from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind. Jin's research interests are in the areas of versatility in service failure and recovery, customer relationship management (CRM), and social psychology in the restaurant and hotel industry.

Jin is funded in her studies by HRTM’s International Institute for Foodservice Research and Education under the direction of Robin DiPietro, Ph.D.

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Hyunsu Kim

Hyunsu Kim, from South Korea, received his B.A. in international studies and M.S. in convention exhibition management from Kyunghee University, South Korea. Kim’s research interests are in technology-driven consumer behavior and marketing management in the hospitality industry.

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Jing Li

Jing Li, from Shandong Province, China, received her B.S. in 2012 and her M.S. in 2015 from Shandong University. Li's particular interest is in destination branding and marketing, tourist behavior and social media. She previously worked as an intern with Dahua Tourism Consulting Company. Li has also worked in tourism planning in Lanzhou Geological Park and other rural tourism planning projects of Shandong Province. 

Li is funded in her studies by the Richardson Family SmartState Center of Economic Excellence in Tourism and Economic Development under the direction of Simon Hudson, Ph.D.

Somang Min

Somang Min

Somang Min is from Seoul, South Korea. Min received her B.S. from Korea University, Korea, and her M.S. in hospitality business management from Michigan State University. Min's particular research interest is in service marketing, consumer behavior, and technology in the hospitality industry.

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Rebecca Neal

Rebecca Neal received her B.S. in finance from the University of Florida and her MBA from Georgia Southern University. Neal comes to the college with extensive industry experience. She has spent the last 12 years with the 5-star resort, Sea Island. While there, Neal worked in banquet operations, conference services, finance, labor planning, business support, and human resources. While in human resources, Neal specialized in recruiting, international labor solutions, and compensation. She left Sea Island as the director of human resources. Prior to her employment with Sea Island, Neal was a part of the re-opening team for The Cloister in 2006.

Neal's research areas of interest include cost of turnover and staffing in the resort industry.

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Rui Qi

Rui Qi received her B.S. in accounting from Wuhan University, China, and her M.S. in tourism management from Shandong University, China. Qi's research interests are in areas of long-term impact of advertising in the hotel, restaurant, and airline industries and resident attitudes toward tourism events.

Hailey Shin

Hyejo (Hailey) Shin

Hailey Shin, from South Korea, earned her M.S. and B.S. degrees from the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management at the University of Houston. Shin also holds a B.B.A. degree in hotel management from Kyunghee University, South Korea. Her research interests are in the areas of consumer behavior toward technology adoption in the tourism and hospitality industry.

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Malihe (Stella) Tavallaei

Stella Tavallaei received her B.S. in industrial engineering from Alzahra University, and her M.S. in business management (marketing) from IAUSTB, Tehran, Iran in 2016. Tavallaei's research interests are in destination branding, sustainable tourism development, consumer behavior and social media.

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Chuhan (Renee) Wang

Renee Wang, from Shanghai, China, received her B.S. in hospitality management from Florida International University, her B.M. in hospitality and tourism management from Tianjin University of Commerce, and her M.S. in hospitality and tourism management from Virginia Tech. Wang's research interests are in social media and digital marketing, hotel technology, and big data analysis.

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Xiaonan  (Hannah) Zhang

Hannah Zhang is from Henan, China. She received her bachelor's degree in tourism management from Henan Normal University and her master's degree in hospitality management from Beijing International Studies University. Her research interests are in the areas of value co-creation, and the marketing and sharing economy in the tourism and hospitality industries. Zhang enjoys world travel and experiencing different cultures and cuisine.