Richard Mshomba

  • Professor
  • La Salle University



In his nearly 20 years at La Salle, Mshomba has taught and conducted extensive research in the areas of international and developmental economics with an emphasis on Africa. In 2000, he published Africa in the Global Economy (Lynne Rienner Publishers), which was named a Choice Outstanding Academic Book. He followed up on the success of his first book with Africa and the World Trade Organization (Cambridge University Press), published earlier this year. He dedicated his latest book to the De La Salle Christian Brothers, for “their dedication to education throughout the world.”

Mshomba’s contributions in education reach far beyond La Salle’s Northwest Philadelphia campus. For example, he has taught in La Salle’s MBA program in Basel, Switzerland. Since 1993, he has been a frequent guest analyst on Voice of America, an international radio broadcasting service run by the U.S. government. Speaking in his native Swahili, Mshomba provides commentary on various topics including U.S. presidential elections. In addition, he is a frequent contributor of op-ed pieces to The Arusha Times. Mshomba, his wife, and their three children travel regularly to his village in Tanzania, where they are engaged in educational and developmental initiatives.