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 Bachelor of Science in Communications
Management and his Master of Science in Sport Management from the University of Florida.
Prior to coming to South Carolina, he worked in football recruiting at two programs
in the Southeastern Conference. Corr serves as a research associate in the College
Sport Research Institute (CSRI) and is currently the program manager for the Commission
on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA). His research areas include institutional
logics, athletic role engulfment and critical race theory in sport. Corr teaches SPTE
101 - The Student-Athlete Experience and SPTE 310 - Collegiate Athletics. In his spare
time, Corr enjoys spending time with his wife and their two children.
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, South Carolina. 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, Virginia., 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.
Michael Seidman is from New Orleans, Louisiana, where he worked at the world-famous
Commander’s Palace for the better part of a decade in several roles — accounting
and community bank regulation. Seidman received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting
and Business from the University of Phoenix and an M.B.A. with a finance specialization
from Loyola University. He loves talking accounting, business, and finance and has
research interests related to esports and the novel industry’s struggles with discrimination,
pay inequity, and other important phenomena.
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.