Mona Ray, Ph.D.
- Associate Professor
Massey Leadership Center, Room 114
Dr. Mona Ray is an associate professor in the Department of Economics at Morehouse College, teaching environmental economics and urban economics, principles of microeconomics and macroeconomics and business statistics. Her specialization is environmental economics.
Dr. Ray’s research interests are mainly in the field of sustainability but also works in areas of health economics, development economics, gender studies and pedagogy. She worked with HIV-positive sex workers in the city of Kolkata, India to study their economic and social sustainability as a marginalized group in the community. In the area of development economics, she studied the spatial migration of the blacks and whites in the 10-county metropolitan area over a period of 25 years using GIS.
Dr. Ray’s current projects involve building an ‘Aquaponics’ system on Morehouse campus for the students to learn about sustainability and to study the impact of noise pollution on the households living around the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport area. This study focuses on health disparity and environmental justice issues for predominantly low-income and non-white households in the area. She also conducts service-learning projects nationally and internationally for students to learn about sustainability.
Ray is a senior fellow at the UN-SDSN since 2018. She is the associate editor for the International Journal of Social Economics and regularly reviews article for Social Indicators Research Journal. At Morehouse College, she contributed significantly in developing the Institute of Sustainable Energy (ISE) and the Sustainability Minor program in 2015. Ray continues to serve on the Morehouse College IRB and has recently been appointed as the co-chair for the Study Abroad Committee.