Dr. Annie Kinwa-Muzinga is a Professor of Agribusiness in the UW-Platteville School of Agriculture. Annie earned her B.S. degree in economics from the University of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo with a Financial Management Emphasis (1988) and received both her MBA in Finance (1993) and Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics with with specialization in Food and Agribusiness Management and Strategic Management with a significant Marketing component (2001) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. For her dissertation, she developed an analytical optimal dynamic pricing model associated with biotechnology introductions.
Annie joined the School of Agriculture in January of 2002 and has been the Agribusiness Program Director since fall of 2009. She teaches a wide range of agribusiness courses including Introduction to Agribusiness, World Population, Food, and Resources, Agricultural Finance, Farm Management, Agricultural Consulting and Sales, Agribusiness Marketing Management, and Agribusiness Management. In addition to teaching, she advises students who participate in the Pioneer Undergraduate Research Program in Agribusiness and supervises independent study. Annie has advised over 90 undergraduate students and coached CERES fraternity. She is currently the faculty advisor for the Pioneer chapter of the National Agriculture Marketing Association. She helps the group develop marketing plans for new products or services, and lends her guidance on how to present the plans at the NAMA National Convention.
Annie has worked actively with the Agribusiness faculty in reviewing and revising the curriculum. Annie gives her students global perspectives by organizing, every two years, credit-bearing, short-term study abroad program to Ghana, Africa. Participating students spend several days learning about African and Ghanaian agriculture before working on their respective projects that aim at helping Women in Agriculture and in Education. This study abroad program has positively impacted our students. She has received many internal as well as UW System scholarship of teaching grants. Annie has been recognized at UW-Platteville, by the University of Wisconsin System, as an outstanding teacher. She was recently selected to be the 2010 recipient of the Thomas and Lee Ann Lindahl Teaching Excellence Award. Other awards that Annie has received include: 2008 Woman of the Year, 2008 Outstanding Woman of Color, 2007-2008 Wisconsin Teaching Fellow and 2005 and 2013 Outstanding Faculty in the School of Agriculture.
Kinwa-Muzinga is actively involved in the Platteville School District. She serves in the community as a member of the diversity committee for the Platteville School District, has collaborated with Platteville businesses for service learning projects and acts as a reader and course audit reviewer for the College Board Advanced Placement program.
Annie's research interests cover a broad array of projects related to agriculture as well as scholarship of teaching including service learning projects for women in agriculture, scholarship of teaching and learning, and agricultural growth and development. She is currently working with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) on Gender Assessment of the Agricultural Sector: The Case of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Annie is a member of the National Agri-Marketing Association, National Association of Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture, and Wisconsin Women in Higher Education Leadership.