UCI Law Professor of Law Mehrsa Baradaran Named Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion


UCI Law is delighted to announce Professor of Law Mehrsa Baradaran has recently been named the Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. In her role, Baradaran will oversee the planning and implementation of goals related to diversity and inclusion within the law school. She will work alongside Dean L. Song Richardson and UCI Law senior administrators -- as well as the UCI Office of Inclusive Excellence -- to organize faculty development programs, with both formal and informal mentoring, and address individual issues raised by women and underrepresented minority faculty.

Baradaran joined UCI Law in 2019. Previously, she was the Robert Cotten Alston Chair in Corporate Law and Associate Dean for strategic initiatives with a focus on diversity and inclusion efforts and national and international faculty scholarship recognition at the University of Georgia School of Law.

She writes about banking law, financial inclusion, inequality, and the racial wealth gap. Her scholarship includes the books “How the Other Half Banks,” and “The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap,” both published by the Harvard University Press.

Prof. Baradaran has participated in extensive media as a scholar in the field of racial inequality -- discussing structural racism and the racial wealth gap on PBS Amanpour and Company; the myth of free markets in a New York Times opinion piece; and much more. She has been involved in discussions on a national policy level, and her book “The Color of Money,” has even inspired Netflix to shift $100 million into financial institutions and organizations the support Black communities.