Shane Sanders


With published research in the fields of behavioral sports economics, applied econometrics, applied game theory and the political economy, Shane Sanders joined Syracuse University from Western Illinois University in Fall 2016. At WIU, Sanders served as the Cecil P. McDonough Endowed Professor of Economics.

Sanders is presently Associate Editor of the Academy of Economics & Finance Journal. His research portfolio includes recent peer-reviewed journal articles in the Journal of Sport Economics, Economics Letters, Public Choice, Theory & Decision, European Journal of Political Economy, Mathematical Social Science, and Southern Economic Journal, among others. Sanders completed a PhD in economics (with field specializations in econometrics and applied game theory) from Kansas State University in 2007. In 2002, he completed a BA in economics with a minor in mathematics from Indiana University Bloomington (Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa).

During his career, Sanders has won awards for both his research and for his teaching efforts. He has also published journal articles with six students in recent years.

Since 2017, Sanders has conducted analytic personnel scouting for a EuroLeague basketball team. In 2017, he supported a roster overhaul for the team that resulted in the team winning its first domestic league title in four years. Sanders also serves as faculty advisor to the SPM Basketball Analytics Club, the Basketball Club Team, and the Spikeball Club Team.


Ph.D., Kansas State University


SPM 295 - Research Methodology

SAL 313 - Sport Data Analysis II

SPM 365 - Sport Economics

SAL 366 - Sport Economics II