Dr. Hope Muronga: From a poor village girl to a remarkable PhD graduate in Economics.

Meet – Dr. Hope Muronga, a remarkable Development Economist, at age 27 she graduated with a PhD in Economics from Southern Illinois University, making her the youngest PhD graduate in her cohort.

She was born and raised in an underprivileged village in Venda, Limpopo, South Africa.

Against all odds, she obtained a Master of Commerce (MCom) in Economics with distinction, a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom Honours) in Economics with distinction and a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) in Economics with distinction from the University of Pretoria.

She was the recipient of the prestigious Fulbright International Scholarship and distinguished as the youngest PhD graduate in her cohort.

Dr. Hope Muronga is passionate about inclusive and sustainable development. She has done research and econometric analysis on various economic fields, including poverty and exclusion, education and human capital, trade, crime and safety perceptions, intergenerational mobility, and energy economics.

She has collaborated with notable institutions, including the World Bank and has received honors and recognitions from prestigious institutions, including the South African Reserve Bank and the United States Department of State.

Dr. Hope Muronga is currently on the job market in South Africa. She has international experience working in the United States and South Africa. Her interests lie in Development Economics, Monetary Economics, and Energy Economics.

“It is hard to believe that this young lady from a village in Venda (Limpopo), the first in her family to go to university, is now Dr. Hope Muronga, a PhD in Economics graduate at 27. My father would be so proud. My mother encouraged me all the way from South Africa to the United States with the US Department of State and NRF.”

“I dedicated my dissertation to my dad, whose vision inspired me to keep working even in the most challenging times. He passed away during the pandemic, and I could not attend his funeral due to travel restrictions. The completion of this degree felt like a good send off and a thank you to my father,” said Dr. Hope Muronga.

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