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Mehrsa Baradaran
Mehrsa Baradaran

Mehrsa Baradaran

Professor of Law & Author, “The Color of Money”

Mehrsa Baradaran is a law professor at the University of California-Irvine and the author of “The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap" and “How the Other Half Banks." Her scholarship focuses on banking law, financial inclusion, inequality, and the racial wealth gap. Baradaran is also a former Wall Street lawyer, having worked at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP. 


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"For this group of 400 Morehouse graduates who got their debt wiped out, I mean, they won the life lottery. And it really  does show how student debt is in determining your life outcomes."

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

"Baradaran focuses on a part of the American story that’s often ignored: the way African Americans were locked out of the financial engines that create wealth in America, and the way the rhetoric of equal treatment under the law was weaponized, as soon as slavery ended, against efforts to achieve economic equality." 

Monday, May 28, 2018
"NPR's Sarah McCammon talks with high school senior Kayla Sasser and law professor Mehrsa Baradaran about the challenge of answering college applications questions for disadvantaged students."
Sunday, January 5, 2020
"Mehrsa Baradaran says financial crisis taught her that banking and government are inextricably linked."
Saturday, June 1, 2019
"Nixon’s solution for racial ghettos was tax breaks and incentives, not economic justice."
Sunday, March 31, 2019

Black communities lost 53 percent of their wealth because of the crisis, a loss that a former congressman, Brad Miller, said “has almost been an extinction event.”

Wednesday, August 14, 2019