Valentina P. Dimitrova-Grajzl
Valentina Dimitrova-Grajzl is associate professor of economics in the department of economics and business at Virginia Military Institute (VMI), where she has spent the last eight years. Prior to VMI, she was assistant professor at the department of public policy at Central European University and a visiting assistant professor at Washington and Lee University.
Her teaching and research focus on the economics of institutions, economic development on American Indian reservations, post-socialist economies and politics, economic history, and law and economics. Dimitrova-Grajzl grew up in Bulgaria and had the unique opportunity to witness a natural experiment – the transition from communism to capitalism. This gave her a point of departure for her research career.
Dimitrova-Grajzl has had the privilege to teach a diverse body of students – from different parts of the world, from different ethnic and social backgrounds, and at the undergraduate and graduate level. She teaches to spark students’ intellectual curiosity and to foster a long-term love for learning. She is dedicated to working with students outside of the classroom as well. She regularly mentors independent study/honors thesis undergraduate research. She is faculty co-advisor of the Economics Honor Society at VMI and faculty co-advisor of a student service club, Building BRIDGES VMI Service Club. She and a colleague founded the club with the goal of helping local community organizations and engaging students in discussions about social issues.
Dimitrova-Grajzl received her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Maryland, College Park. She also holds a master’s degree from the University of Maryland and a bachelor’s degree in economics and East Asian studies from Wittenberg University.