Yuxiang "Andrew" Hao is a Ph.D. Candidate in Physical Culture and Sport Studies at the H. J. Lutcher Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports of the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education at the University of Texas at Austin. He is currently working on his doctoral dissertation, which examines the political history of elite sport during the Chinese Cultural Revolution (1966-1976).
Andrew's research interests include the (international) political history of the Olympic Movement, history of sport and international relations, history of (East) Asian sports, and history of tennis. He has conducted archival research in the United States, China, and Europe. His work has been presented at the annual conferences of the North American Society for Sport History (NASSH) and the British Society of Sport History (BSSH). He received the 2019 PhD Students and Early Career Academics Research Grant from the International Olympic Committee's Olympic Studies Center.
Andrew was born and raised in Fushun and Shenyang, China. He completed his undergraduate degree in International Relations at Fudan University in Shanghai, China. He moved to Austin, TX in 2013 to pursue a master's degree in Kinesiology (Sport Management). Upon completion, he continued to study Physical Culture and Sport Studies at the doctoral level under Dr. Thomas M. Hunt. In the meanwhile, Andrew has been serving as the teaching assistant for undergraduate courses including Historical and Ethical Aspects of Sport and Physical Culture, Introduction to Sport Management, Sport Law, Strategic Management of Sport Organizations, etc. He was awarded the Mary Buice Alderson Fellowship for Graduate Teaching Excellence in 2018.
Andrew aspires to a career in higher education in sport history and/or sport management. Besides academia, he is a dedicated cinephile, an avid tennis player, and a frequent world traveler.