Richard Mshomba, Ph.D.
Olney Hall 262
Born and raised in Arusha, Tanzania, Richard E. Mshomba received a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His areas of research are development economics and international economics, with a focus on African countries. Mshomba is the author of Africa in the Global Economy (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2000), a Choice Outstanding Academic Book, and Africa and the World Trade Organization (Cambridge University Press, 2009). He has done research and other professional activities in a number of countries including Denmark, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, South Sudan, Swaziland, Switzerland, Tanzania, and the United Kingdom. His current research is on the East African Community, a regional economic bloc comprising of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda.
Mshomba is a frequent guest analyst on Voice of America on economic issues pertaining to Africa. He has also been a guest analyst on National Public Radio (U.S.), BBC, and a number of other radio stations. He is a frequent contributor of op-ed pieces to The Citizen, a national newspaper in Tanzania.
Mshomba was awarded the Pew Faculty Fellowship in International Affairs at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 1993-94. He received the 2005 Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, the 2009 Distinguished Lasallian Educator Award, and the 2013 Warren E. Smith Award for commitment to service and success in his professional career, all from La Salle University. Mshomba and his family travel regularly to his village of Sinon, Arusha, where he and his wife, Elaine, are engaged in educational and development initiatives. They are currently working on building a free library there which they hope to complete by the end of 2014.