Sophia T Anong, Ph.D.

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer Economics

Assistant Professor

Address:
129 Stuckey Building UGA Griffin Campus
1109 Experiment Street
Griffin, GA 30223

E-Mail:

workOffice Phone: 770-467-6086

Fax: 770-467-6092

Current Classes

FHCE 4210 Retirement Planning

FHCE 5250 Comprehensive Financial Planning

Education

Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
Ph.D. Family and Consumer Economics Purdue University 2006
M.S. Agricultural Economics Purdue University 2003

Research

I am very interested in the impact of mobile finance (transfers as well as payments) particularly mobile money through non-bank providers in African countries. This is mostly from the point of view of consumer empowerment in using mobile technology for financial access and transactions. My research interests also include financial knowledge and its impact, and also interrelationships between indicators of financial vulnerability, health-related decisions, and health status and how they vary across socioeconomic groups.

Current Research

My current research projects are:

1) socioeconomic factors and attitudes in mobile money adoption and use in African countries.

2) socioeconomic disparities in the relationship between mental health and financial conditions.

3) student loan burden and financial well-being.

Teaching

FHCE 3200 Introduction to Personal Finance (online)

FHCE 4200 Wealth Management I

FHCE 4210 Retirement Planning

FHCE 5250 Comprehensive Financial Planning (capstone)

FHCE 8000  Research Methods I

Outreach

Peer financial counseling program (Griffin campus)

Facilitating professional public lectures

Prior Professional Positions

Organization / Department Title Years of Service
Virginia Tech Assistant Professor 2006-10

Awards

Award Name Awarded By Year Awarded
Outstanding Undergraduate Academic Advisor Award College of Family and Consumer Sciences, UGA 2015
Sarah H. Moss Fellowship Center for Teaching and Learning, UGA 2014
Sarah H. Moss Fellowship Center for Teaching and Learning, UGA 2012
Dissertation Award Western Family Economics Association 2007

Service

Organization Title Year(s) Service Type
American Council on Consumer Interests Board member 2015-17 Membership Committee chair
Georgia Association of Family & Consumer Sciences Board member 2015-17 Co-Chair Resource Development (Funding-raising)

Publications

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Job Description

Dr. Sophia T. Anong is an Assistant Professor and Graduate Faculty in the Department of Financial Planning, Housing, and Consumer Economics at the University of Georgia. She earned her Ph.D. and M.S. at Purdue University. She has a 50:50 teaching and research appointment. Her research interests include mobile finance in African countries and the intersection between health status and personal finance.

She has published in the Journal of Consumer Affairs, Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning, Family and Consumer Science Research Journal, the International Journal of Consumer Studies, the International Journal of Home Economics, the Handbook of Consumer Finance Research, and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Compensation and Working Conditions now Monthly Labor Review. Her collaborators include graduate and undergraduate researchers who are mentored to collect primary data or analyze large complex national datasets such as the Survey of Consumer Finances, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, or the National Health Interview Study.

She has presented at several national and international meetings and has been a Board member for the American Council on Consumer Interests and Georgia Association of Family and Consumer Sciences as well as an active member of several associations including the American Association for Family and Consumer Sciences and the International Federation for Home Economics.