Sport Management Doctoral Program

ABD Students


Rebecca Allen, ABD

Photo of Rebecca AllenAllen graduated from McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland with an undergraduate degree in Exercise Science in 2004 and then with a Master’s Degree in Physical Education in 2006. While teaching high school Physical Education and Health she earned another Master’s Degree from Millersville University in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in Sports Management. While teaching high school Rebecca also coached field hockey and softball as well as interned with a local collegiate athletic department. Her duties included creating marketing committees to determine student motivations for attendance, incorporating new and improved marketing strategies, and acting as a liaison between student associations and the athletic department. Her research interests deal with qualitative, longitudinal studies on the impact of collegiate athletic communities on academic success. In her spare time Rebecca enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, outdoor activities, training for half marathons, and spending quality time with her dog Tucker.

Research Interests: Factors influencing the academic success pertaining to graduation rates, performance in class, and confidence in knowledge of the student athlete.

Advisor: Dr. Gary Sailes

Email: reballen@indiana.edu


Katie Brophy, ABD

Katie BrophyBrophy graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2006 receiving a baccalaureate degree in Sociology. In July of that same year, she began her current position as the Assistant Women’s Golf Coach at Indiana University. Her job responsibilities include oversight of recruiting, maintaining the golf team budget, and on-course coaching. The team has seen much success during Brophy’s tenure such as a National Championship appearance and two trips to the NCAA Regional Championships. Brophy has a Master’s Degree in Sport Management and is in the first year of the Ph.D. program. As she has a penchant for the social sciences, she plans on building upon her sociological foundation during the doctoral program. Her research interests include: Korean involvement in women’s golf; the presence of female coaches in NCAA Division I athletic programs; and leadership models of intercollegiate athletic departments. Her experience as a Division I athlete and coach will aid in her research and provide insight into athletic department infrastructure. A native of Spokane, Washington, Katie enjoys skiing, running, traveling, reading, and playing golf.

Dissertation Chair: Dr. Paul M. Pedersen

Research Area: Leadership and Golf

Email: kbrophy@indiana.edu


Hansol Hwang, ABD

Photo of Hansol HwangPrior to the commencement of his sport management graduate work, Hwang – who has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Seoul National University and another master’s in sport management from Indiana University – worked for three years as a sport marketer for PhoenixPark, the biggest ski & golf resort in Korea. His primary job responsibilities were dealing with sponsorship with Samsung and VISA, as well as pricing for the annual ski packages in the organization. He was also a platoon leader for Korea Marine Corps for two years. Hwang’s research interests focus on a variety of sponsorship deals in the sport management field and sport brand extensions through various media outlets. He was a swimmer and field hockey player for many years. He now enjoys golf, tennis, and skiing in his free time.

Research Areas: Marketing; Sponsorship; Brand Extension

Program of Study Chair: Dr. Paul M. Pedersen

Email: hanhwang@indiana.edu


Ju Young Lee, ABD

Photo of Ju Young LeeLee graduated from Indiana University with a master’s degree in Athletic Administration and a bachelor’s degree in Sport Marketing and Management. While in the undergraduate program in IU, Lee completed internships at National Assembly of Korea and the Korea Baseball Association (KBA). While in the graduate program, he has taught several courses in the Physical Activity Instruction Program (PAIP) including basketball, bowling, and personal fitness. And also, he has taught several undergraduate classes such as intro to sport management, sport in America: historical perspective, facility & event management, and sport analytics. His research interests focus face-ism phenomenon and brand exposure in social media profile images. And also, relationships between personal traits and motivations on sport volunteerism. Lee enjoys spending time with his family and friends, playing bowling and golf, and watching various sporting events in worldwide.
 
Research Areas: Face-ism, sport volunteerism, social and psychological factors of sport media.

Program of Study Chair: Dr. Paul M. Pedersen

Email: lee432@indiana.edu


Namhun Lim, ABD

Photo of Namhun LimLim enters the doctoral program after years of academic study and work as a practitioner. He graduated with a master’s degree in Financial Mathematics from University of Minnesota, Twin cities and received a dual-major bachelor’s degree in Ceramic and Mechanical Engineering at Yonsei University, Seoul. Namhun also worked for Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics in Korea. He was accountable for mechanical design part of LCD panel production equipment at Samsung and for production management of LCD monitors at LG. After aforementioned academic and field experiences, his ardent interest in sports has led him to the path of sport management at Indiana University. His research interests focus on sports economics and finance, especially, valuation of sport enterprises, financial management of the sport industry, and economic impact and development related to sport.
 
Research Areas: Sport economics; Sport finance

Program of Study Chair: Dr. Paul M. Pedersen

Email: nlim@indiana.edu


Chase Smith, ABD

Photo of Chase SmithSmith has degrees from DePauw University (B.S. in economics) and Indiana University (M.S. in sport management). Following his undergraduate education, Smith lived in Chicago for two and half years and worked for AFN LLC, a logistics firm once located in Deerfield, IL. During this time he also assisted with the Deerfield High School boys basketball team, coaching the freshmen. In 2008, Smith was offered a coaching job with the men’s basketball program at the University of Indianapolis, where he assisted for one season. His duties included assisting the head coach in organizing, preparing, and conducting individual and team practices, trainings, and competitions. The following year he took a job in Centralia, IL, with Kaskaskia College as an assistant men’s basketball coach, student-excel facilitator, and residential advisor. He also had responsibilities that included student-athlete academic advising and course instruction. Currently, Smith works for a non-profit organization affiliated with Indiana University called the President’s Challenge. His research interests deal with the sociology of sport. Smith enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing basketball and softball, traveling, training for various running events, and cooking.
 
Research Areas: Factors influencing the gender and racial inequalities that exist within collegiate and professional sports in America.

Program of Study Chair: Dr. Gary Sailes

Email: smitchas@indiana.edu


Juha Yoon, ABD

Photo of Juha YoonYoon has scholarly interests within the field of sport management, including such areas as sport communication and sport social networks. Her specific research line is focused on quantitative and qualitative analyses of media utilization as a marketing strategy and online social networks within mega sport events. Her current work examines the social media interactions between online stakeholders and the Youth Olympic Games and the Olympic Games. In addition to publishing her research, Yoon has given over a dozen scholarly presentations around the world, from Norway and Hungary to the United States and England. Holding a master’s in sport management from Indiana University and an undergraduate degree in physical education and business administration from Seoul Women’s University (SWU), Yoon graduated in the top six percent of her class and received the Academic Excellence Scholarship and other awards in recognition of her leadership at the university and her commitment to the community. While at SWU, Yoon was a collegiate athlete in aerobic gymnastics and as an upperclassman advanced to team captain. During Yoon’s career as a varsity athlete, her team placed first nationally two times. In addition to her academic and athletic background, Yoon has two years of work experience at Daemyung Vivaldi Ski Resort and is professionally certified to teach yoga, aerobics, and snowboarding. In her spare time, Yoon enjoys yoga, taekwondo, running, and the adventures/travels involved with learning about other cultures.



Research Areas: Sport Communication; Sport Consumer Behavior; The Olympics (Youth Olympic Games, Winter Olympic Games, etc.)

Program of Study Chair: Dr. Paul M. Pedersen

Email: juhayoon@indiana.edu