Introducing Guest Blogger Khiara Bridges

I’m thrilled to welcome aboard Professor Khiara M. Bridges who is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and an Associate Professor of Law at Boston University.  She has written illuminating articles concerning, race, class, reproductive rights, and the intersection of the three.  Her scholarship has appeared in the Columbia Law Review, the California Law Review, the Washington & Lee Law Review, the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender, the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law, and the Texas Journal of Women and Law, among others. She is also the author of Reproducing Race: An Ethnography of Pregnancy as a Site of Racialization (2011), published by the University of California Press.

She graduated as valedictorian from Spelman College, receiving her degree in three years. She received her J.D. from Columbia Law School and her Ph.D., with distinction, from Columbia University’s Department of Anthropology. While in law school, she was a teaching assistant for the former dean, David Leebron (Torts), as well as for the late E. Allan Farnsworth (Contracts). She was a member of the Columbia Law Review and a Kent Scholar. While in college, she was a counselor at the Feminist Women’s Health Center in Atlanta, gaining experience with policies affecting the availability of abortion services in Georgia. She has also been a reporter for the Miami Herald, speaks fluent Spanish and basic Arabic, and is a classically trained ballet dancer who continues to perform professionally in New York City. Professor Bridges teaches Critical Race Theory, Criminal Law, and a course on the Fourteenth Amendment at BU Law.

Her scholarship includes:

“Race, Visibility, and the Poverty of Equal Protection,” Columbia Journal of Gender & the Law  (forthcoming).

“Privacy Rights and Public Families,” 34 Harvard Journal of Law & Gender 113 (2011).

Reproducing Race: An Ethnography of Pregnancy as a Site of Racialization, University of California Press (2011).

“Capturing the Judiciary: Carhart and the Undue Burden Standard,” 67 Washington & Lee Law Review 915 (2010).

“Quasi-Colonial Bodies: An Analysis of the Reproductive Lives of Poor Black and Racially Subjugated Women,” in Symposium on New Scholarship on Reproductive Rights, 18 Columbia Journal of Gender and Law 609 (2009).

“Pregnancy, Medicaid, State Regulation, and the Production of Unruly Bodies,” 3 Northwestern Journal of Law & Social Policy 62 (2008).

“Wily Patients, Welfare Queens, and the Reiteration of Race in the U.S.,” 17 Texas Journal of Women and the Law 1 (2007-08).

“An Anthropological Meditation on Ex Parte Anonymous – A Judicial Bypass Procedure for an Adolescent’s Abortion,” 94 California Law Review 215 (2006).

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