Danielle Sponder Testa

Danielle Sponder Testa

Ph.D. student

Email: dstesta@iastate.edu



  • A. Fashion and the Environment, London College of Fashion.
  • A. Extension: Design School Kolding, International Design Camp
  • S. Apparel Merchandising, Design, & Production; Business Marketing Double Major; Spanish Minor, Iowa State University.
  • Spanish Language Emersion Study Abroad, Universitat de Valencia

Research Interests:

  • International Business
  • Industry Applications of Academic Research
  • Sustainability in the Fashion Retail
  • Merchandising, Assortment Planning, and Branding

Industry Experience:

  • International Merchandising Manager (also Sr. Merchandiser, Merchandiser, etc.), Forever 21 (Los Angeles, CA)
  • International Merchandising – Nordstrom Partnership, Topshop (London, UK)
  • Freelance Account & Marketing Manager, Foundation Agency (London, UK)


  • Business Analyst Intern, Target (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Fashion Editorial Intern, Women’s Wear Daily (New York, NY)

Honors and Awards:

  • Marjorie Joseph Scholarship: Outstanding Beginning Doctoral Student, from the International Textile and Apparel Association for 2018
  • Pease FCS Fellowship, from College of Human Sciences, Iowa State University for Spring 2018
  • Undergraduate Student Marshall & Commencement Speaker, Department of Human Sciences, Iowa State University, 2009
  • YMA FSF Geoffrey Beene National Scholarship Recipient, 2009
  • YMA FSF Scholar, 2008


  • (In Press) Fiore, A.M., Hurst, J.L., Niehm, L.S., Chung, D., Karpova, E., & Testa, D.S. (2018). Global and Entrepreneurial Perspectives for Enhancing Retailing Education: Development of a Hybrid Graduate Course Focused on U.S. and Indian Small Businesses. Journal of Higher Education Theory and Research.

Creative Contributions:

  • Busch, O.V. et al. Community Repair: Strategic Skill Mobilization for Sustainable Fashion.London College of Fashion. London, England. Retrievable at http://www.selfpassage.org/CoRep/CommunityRepair_cat-w.pdf
  • Mikkelsen, M. et al. International Design Camp: New Ways of Transportation. Design School Kolding.Kolding, Denmark. Retrievable at https://issuu.com/designskolen_kolding/docs/dk_designcamp2010_screen-5-/40

Professional Affiliations:

  • International Textile and Apparel Association [ITAA]
  • YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund Alumni Association
  • The Society for Collegiate Leadership &Achievement (SCLA)

Extracurricular Activities:

  • Curriculum Committee Graduate Liaison, AESHM Department, College of Human Sciences, Iowa State University