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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 with a ....

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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Kelly Evans

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

Fei Gao

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.

Hua Gong

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 Hague

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 of NASCAR.

Evelyn Jara-Pazmino

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.

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Katherine Reifurth

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.

Ross Walker

Walker Ross

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

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.