Debraj Ray, Professor of Economics at NYU, has made diverse and eclectic contributions to the field of economics. His areas of research include welfare economics, development economics, game theory and the study of inequality and polarization. His 848-page textbook, Development Economics, has been widely praised as the best of its kind and is required reading at universities around the world. Ray earned his B.A. from Presidency College, University of Calcutta in 1977 and his M.A. from Cornell in 1981. In 1983 he received his Ph.D. from Cornell and has held many teaching and research positions since then: at Stanford, the Indian Statistical Institute, and as Director of Boston University's Institute for Economic Development. Visiting professorships include Harvard, MIT and the London School of Economics, and positions in Brazil, Spain, China and Kuwait. His outstanding scholarly achievements, exceptional teaching, and noted service to the profession have been corroborated by his receiving numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, an appointment as a Fellow of the Econometric Society and several teaching awards. Ray has established himself as one of the nation's most productive and creative theorists. He has been a Professor of Economics at NYU since 1999.