Stephen Menendian

Assistant Director and Director of Research

Stephen Menendian is the Assistant Director and Director of Research at the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, and the former senior legal associate at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at the Ohio State University. Stephen oversees the Institute’s burgeoning research initiatives and ongoing projects, including the Inclusiveness Index, fair housing policy and opportunity mapping project with the Equity Metrics team, and community engagement. Stephen is the author of many law review and journal articles, scholarly publications and a contributor to Berkeley Blog.  

Stephen co-authored the Institute's Amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court case of Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. the Inclusive Communities Project, as well as the Institute’s Amicus brief in Fisher v. Texas asking the Court to uphold the University of Texas’ race-conscious admissions policy, the Amicus brief for Mount Holly arguing that disparate impact standard remains essential to address the ongoing legacy of historical housing segregation, as well as an Amicus brief in the 2007 Seattle/Louisville K-12 integration cases to persuade the Court to sustain voluntary integration plans in the Seattle and Louisville school districts. 

Recent scholarly publications include: "Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing: A Reckoning with Government-Sponsored Segregation in the 21st Century" for the National Civic Review, "Oppurtunity Communities: Overcoming the Debate over Mobility Versus place-based Strategies" in the book The Fight for Fair Housing, "The Problem of Othering" for Othering & Belonging,  "What Constitutes a 'Racial Classification'?: Equal Protection Doctrine Scrutinized" for the Temple Political & Civil Rights Law Review. Other publications include "Beyond Public/Private: Understanding Excessive Corporate Prerogative" for the Kentucky Law Journal, "Remaking Law: Moving Beyond Enlightenment Jurisprudence" for the St. Louis University Law Journal, "Parents Involved: The Mantle of Brown, the Shadow of Plessy" for the University of Louisville Law Review, and "Little Rock and the Legacy of Dred Scott" for the St. Louis Law Journal.

Stephen has trained policymakers, businesses, and other institutions on diversity, inclusion, and affirmative action practices, policies, and compliance, including creative ways to improve diversity within bounds of law. Stephen presented as part of the Ohio Department of Administrative Services Equal Opportunity Division’s training academy, and for the Moritz College of Law, the Graduate School of Education, the Multicultural Center, and on behalf of the Columbus Bar Association. Stephen published a guidebook on affirmative action for policymakers and advocates on behalf of the Kirwan Institute. Most recently, Stephen authored the State of Ohio’s new Diversity Strategies For Successful Schools Guidance, which was adopted by the State Board of Education of Ohio in May, 2012. In addition, Stephen co-authored an interim report, Diversity Strategies for Successful Schools: Recommendations to the State Board of Education of Ohio, on September, 2011 with the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race & Ethnicity. 

Stephen has guest-lectured at UC Berkeley School of Law, Department of Ethnic Studies, the Moritz College of Law at the Ohio State University, and co-taught The History and Culture of Race and Law, a seminar at Wayne State University Law School, in the fall of 2009. Stephen is a licensed attorney.