Our Ph.D. Students
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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.
Kelly Evans, from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, recieved her B.S. and M.S. degrees from
the Department of Sport and Entertainment Management at the University of South Carolina.
Her research interest is in the area of sport and entertainment marketing: sponsorships.
Fei Gao, from Beijing, China, received his/her? B.S. degree in Kinesiology from Beijing
Sport University and his/her? M.S. degree in Sport Management from Syracuse University.
Fei specializes in managerial research on mega-events (i.e., social leverage within
large scale events). In addition, as a 10 plus years’ practitioner in the sports industry,
he/she is also proficient in event management. CV available here.
From Hangzhou, China, Hua Gong received his/her B.S. from the University of Nottingham,
Ningbo, China, and his/her M.S. from Texas A&M University. His/her research interests
are in the areas of sport economics and basketball analytics.
Jacqueline "Jackie" Hague, from Hackettstown, N.J., recieved her B.S. in Marketing
and Communications from Seton Hall University and her M.S. in Media Ecology from New
York University. Her research interests include entertainment management, marketing,
branded characters, entertainment characters, and mascots. Jackie teaches The Business
Evelyn "Su" Jara-Pazmino hails from Quito, Ecuador. She earned her B.S. from the University
of Michigan and her M.S. from the University of South Carolina. Her research interests
include organizational behavior, and specifically international student-athletes in U.S. collegiate
athletics. She is currently studying the issues and benefits that international student-athletes
bring to the U.S college athletic system. Su teaches SPTE 201 - Introduction to Sport Management and SPTE 310 - Collegiate Athletics.
From Honolulu, Hawaii, Katherine Reifurth received her B.S. in Pyschology from Northwestern
University and her M.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Texas Austin. Her research
interests are in brand loyalty and team identification.
Walker Ross, from Medford, Oregon, received his B.S. in Environmental Ethics and Policy
from the University of Portland and his M.S. in Kinesiology from the University of
Georgia. His research interests are in environmental issues in sport, sustainability in sport, ethical issues in sport, sport
organization behavior, Olympic games and the FIFA World Cup. CV available here.
Henry Wear, from Portland, Oregon, received his B.S. in Economics from the University
of Oregon and his M.S. in Sport Management from the University of Kansas. His research
interests are consumer behavior, branding, brand community, community development and sport marketing.
Henry teaches Sport Marketing, The Sporting Goods Industry, Sport Promotions and Public Relations,
and Athlete Management.