Mehrsa Baradaran
Published January 11, 2017
Updated December 15, 2021

Mehrsa Baradaran is a law professor at the University of California’s Irvine School of Law. She is the author of The Color of Money: Black Banks and The Racial Wealth Gap (2017) and How the Other Half Banks: Exclusion, Exploitation and the Threat to Democracy (2019). Her research focuses on race, inequality and financial institutions.

She has testified before Congress, advised U.S. senators and representatives on policy, and spoken at forums at the U.S. Treasury and World Bank.

She earned her bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and her law degree from New York University.

Expertise: Banking law, contracts, property, housing inequality, racial wealth gap

Location: San Clemente, Calif.

Twitter: @MehrsaBaradaran


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