Sombo Muzata, Assistant Professor of Political Science at James Madison University.
Sombo has a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Sombo is also a trained accountant, Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), and she holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a specialization in Strategy. Sombo's research is in public financial management. During her fellowship year, she will investigate community members' perceptions of the Zambian government's response to public financial mismanagement. This bottom-up approach will highlight the awareness of public financial management, the power dynamics in remedying public financial mismanagement and develop a framework for integrating citizens' voices in public policy. Sombo previously worked as the Zambian country director for Diakonia, a Sweden-headquartered international nonprofit. Sombo was responsible for strategic planning, fundraising, and program implementation as the country director. She hopes to use some of the skills she acquired in implementing projects at the community level and the skills acquired in her Ph.D. studies in her research. Sombo currently works at Virginia Commonwealth University in the Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering on the countering proliferation finance initiative.