Associate Professor of Anthropology
Associate Professor, School of Law
Office: Law School, 765 Commonwealth Avenue
Office Phone: 617-353-3110
Office Hours: By Appointment
Khiara M. Bridges joins the BU faculty from the Center for Reproductive Rights, where she enjoyed an academic fellowship that was co-hosted and co-sponsored by Columbia Law School. She has written many articles on race and women’s experiences of reproduction, and is the author of Reproducing Race: An Ethnography of Pregnancy as a Site of Racialization, to be published by the University of California Press. Reproducing Race, which investigates race during the highly meaningful and palpably “reproductive” event of pregnancy, is an ethnography of the obstetrics clinic of a large, New York City public hospital. It interrogates how race is socially constructed through an analysis of the experiences of indigent women who must depend upon Medicaid and the public healthcare system in order to receive prenatal care and realize healthy pregnancies. Her scholarship has also appeared in the Columbia Law Review, the California Law Review, and the Texas Journal of Women & Law, among others.
She graduated as valedictorian from Spelman College, from where she received 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 graduate school, she was a recipient of a Dissertation Fieldwork Grant awarded by the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research. 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 will teach Critical Race Theory and Criminal Law at BU Law.
BA Spelman College
JD Columbia Law School
PhD Columbia University