129 Stuckey Building UGA Griffin Campus
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Griffin, GA 30223
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FHCE 4210/6210 Retirement Planning
FHCE 5250 Comprehensive Financial Planning
FHCE 3200E Intro to Personal Finance
FHCE 3200E Intro to Personal Finance
FHCE 4200/6200 Wealth Management I
|Degree||Field of Study||Institution||Graduation|
|Ph.D.||Family and Consumer Economics||Purdue University||2006|
|M.S.||Agricultural Economics||Purdue University||2003|
|B.S.||Agric.& Natural Resources specializing in Agricultural Economics||Africa University, Zimbabwe||1997|
I am currently examining the impact of mobile money in Zimbabwe with collaborators in South Africa and Zimbabwe. This is mostly to understand how consumers are empowered when using mobile technology for financial services offered by non-bank telecom providers. I have conducted focus groups with rural and urban consumers and am using Finscope data sponsored by the World Bank to find intersections of mobile money with other areas of life in Zimbabwe.
I am also analyzing data from in-depth interviews conducted with low-income unbanked or underbanked individuals in the state of Georgia and triangulating findings with nationally-representative surveys by the U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation on mobile banking by unbanked and underbanked households.
Ready-to-Rent - productive tenant life and financial coaching for residents of the Housing Authority of the City of Griffin
Taking Charge - financial coaching of residents of the Housing Authority of the City of Griffin, GA
Recent direct supervision of graduate research
|Organization / Department||Title||Years of Service|
|University of Georgia||Assistant/Associate Professor||2010-present|
|Virginia Tech||Assistant Professor||2006-10|
|Award Name||Awarded By||Year Awarded|
|Outstanding Undergraduate Academic Advisor Award||College of Family and Consumer Sciences, University of Georgia||2015|
|Sarah H. Moss Fellowship - Cameroon||Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Georgia||2014|
|Sarah H. Moss Fellowship - Zimbabwe||Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Georgia||2012|
|Dissertation Award||Western Family Economics Association, USA||2007|
|Position||Name of Journal||Year(s)|
|Associate Editor||Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal||2018-|
|American Council on Consumer Interests||Board member||2015-17||Membership Committee chair|
|Georgia Association of Family & Consumer Sciences||Board member||2015-17||Chair, Resource Development|
Dr. Sophia T. Chiremba Anong is an Associate 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.
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. She has mentored and collaborated with faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students to collect primary data in the U.S. and in Africa, or analyze large complex national datasets such as the Survey of Consumer Finances, the National Financial Capability Study, the National Health Interview Survey, and the FDIC National Surveys of Unbanked and Underbanked Households. She has completed qualitative inquiries through two fellowships to examine mobile money use by rural and urban users in eastern Zimbabwe, and institutional adoption of mobile payment of tuition by a university in southwest Cameroon.
She has presented at several national and international meetings, is a former Board member of the Georgia Association for Family and Consumer Sciences and American Council on Consumer Interests, and an active member of the American Association for Family and Consumer Sciences and the International Federation for Home Economics.