Bachelor, Cornell University, 1986. Master of Science, Michigan State University, 1991. Doctor of Philosophy, Stanford University, 1998.
Economic affairs officer United Nations Conference for Trade and Development, Geneva, 1991—1992, commodity trade specialist, 1992—1993. Postdoctoral fellow International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, 1998—2001, research fellow, since 2001.
Member of International Society New International Economics, International Agricultural Economics Association, American Agricultural Economics Association (Outstanding Doctor of Philosophy Dissertation award 1999), American Economics Association, Phi Beta Delta.
Married Andenet Terrefe Ras-Work. Children: Yared Ras-Work, Zega Ras-Work.