Dr. Sparvero received her BA in Economics from Duke University and both her M.Ed. and Ph.D. in Sport Management from the University of Texas at Austin. She joins the faculty at the University of Texas after three years as an assistant professor in the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management at Temple University and two years as a visiting assistant professor at Texas A&M University. Dr. Sparvero worked in development at the athletic departments at the University of Texas and Duke University, as well as at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. She has worked with convention and visitors bureaus and event organizers to analyze the economic impact of mass participant and spectator events. Dr. Sparvero has provided expert commentary to national and local media outlets, including CNBC, USA Today, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Business Journal, and Comcast SportsNet.