Khiara M. Bridges

Professor of Law

Professor of Anthropology

BA, summa cum laude, Spelman College
JD, Columbia Law School
PhD, with distinction, Columbia University

Areas of Interest
Constitutional Law, Race and Law, Reproductive Rights and Justice

Khiara M. Bridges has written many articles concerning, race, class, reproductive rights, and the intersection of the three. Her scholarship has appeared or will soon appear in the Stanford Law Review, the Columbia Law Review, the California Law Review, the Emory Law Journal, the Boston University Law Review, the Fordham Law Review, the Washington Law Review, and the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, 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. Her second book, The Poverty of Privacy Rights, published by Stanford University Press, was released in June 2017. She also sits on the Academic Advisory Council of Law Students for Reproductive Justice, and she is a co-editor of a reproductive justice book series that is published under the imprint of the University of California Press.

She graduated as valedictorian from Spelman College, receiving her degree in three years. She received her JD from Columbia Law School and her PhD, 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. She speaks fluent Spanish and basic Arabic, and she is a classically trained ballet dancer who continues to perform professionally in New York City.

  1. Khiara Bridges, "Excavating Race-Based Disadvantage Among Class-Privileged People of Color," Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review (forthcoming).
  2. Khiara Bridges, "The Deserving Poor, the Undeserving Poor, and Class-Based Affirmative Action," 66 Emory Law Journal 1049 (2017).
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  3. Khiara Bridges, Terence Keel & Osagie K. Obasogie, "Introduction: Critical Race Theory & the Health Sciences," in Symposium Critical Race Theory & the Health Sciences, 43 American Journal of Law & Medicine 179 (2017).
  4. Khiara Bridges, The Poverty of Privacy Rights, Stanford University Press (2017).
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  5. Khiara Bridges, "Class-Based Affirmative Action, or the Lies that We Tell About the Insignificance of Race," 96 Boston University Law Review 55 (2016).
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  6. Khiara Bridges, "Race Matters: Why Justice Thomas and Justice Scalia (and the Rest of the Bench) Believe that Affirmative Action is Constitutional," 24 Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal 607 (2014-15).
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  7. Khiara Bridges, "Windsor, Surrogacy, and Race," in Symposium Compensated Surrogacy in the Age of Windsor, 89 Washington Law Review 1125 (2014).
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  8. Khiara Bridges, "Abortion Access in an Era of Constitutional Infidelity," in Symposium On Constitutional Obligation and Disobedience: A Symposium on Abner S. Green's Against Obligation and Louis Michael Seidman's On Constitutional Disobedience, 93 Boston University Law Review 1297 (2013).
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  9. Khiara Bridges, "The Dangerous Law of Biological Race," 82 Fordham Law Review 21 (2013).
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  10. Khiara Bridges, "TANF and the End (Maybe) of Poor Black Men," in Symposium Evaluating Claims about the "End of Men": Legal and Other Perspectives, 93 Boston University Law Review 1141 (2013).
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  11. Khiara Bridges, "When Pregnancy is an Injury: Rape, Law, and Culture," 65 Stanford Law Review 457 (2013).
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  12. Khiara Bridges, "‘Life’ in the Balance: Judicial Review of Abortion Regulations," 46 U.C. Davis Law Review 1285 (2013).
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  13. Khiara Bridges, "Poor Women and the Protective State," 63 Hastings Law Journal 1619 (2012).
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  14. Khiara Bridges, "Privacy Rights and Public Families," 34 Harvard Journal of Law & Gender 113 (2011).
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  15. Khiara Bridges, Reproducing Race: An Ethnography of Pregnancy as a Site of Racialization, University of California Press (2011).
  16. Khiara Bridges, "Capturing the Judiciary: Carhart and the Undue Burden Standard," 67 Washington & Lee Law Review 915 (2010).
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  17. Khiara Bridges, "Towards a Theory of State Visibility: Race, Poverty, and Equal Protection," 19 Columbia Journal of Gender & the Law 964 (2010).
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  18. Khiara Bridges, "Quasi-Colonial Bodies: An Analysis of the Reproductive Lives of Poor Black and Racially Subjugated Women," in Symposium New Scholarship on Reproductive Rights, 18 Columbia Journal of Gender and Law 609 (2009).
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  19. Khiara Bridges, "Pregnancy, Medicaid, State Regulation, and the Production of Unruly Bodies," 3 Northwestern Journal of Law & Social Policy 62 (2008).
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  20. Khiara Bridges, "Wily Patients, Welfare Queens, and the Reiteration of Race in the U.S.," 17 Texas Journal of Women and the Law 1 (2007-08).
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  21. Khiara Bridges, "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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  22. Khiara Bridges, "On the Commodification of the Black Female Body: The Critical Implications of the Alienability of Fetal Tissue," 102 Columbia Law Review 123 (2002).
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3 credits

The Fourteenth Amendment provides that, among other things, no State shall "deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law ... nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws." This course will explore the meaning that the U.S. Supreme Court has given to these relatively innocuous words. Specifically, the first half of the course will be an examination of the birth, death, reincarnation, and continued life of substantive due process. The second half of the course will be an examination of the Court's equal protection jurisprudence. Canonical cases examined during the semester include The Slaughterhouse Cases, Lochner v. New York, Plessy v. Ferguson, Brown v. Board, Roe v. Wade, Planned Parenthood v. Casey, Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, Lawrence v. Texas, Grutter v. Bollinger, and Obergefell v. Hodges. OFFERING PATTERN: This class is not offered every year. Students are advised to take this into account when planning their long-term schedule. GRADING NOTICE: This class will not offer the CR/NC/H option.

FALL 2018: LAW JD 916 A1 , Sep 4th to Dec 11th 2018
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
Tue,Thu 2:30 pm 3:55 pm 3 Khiara M. Bridges

3 credits

This seminar explores Reproductive Justice ("RJ") as a paradigm for understanding reproductive oppression -- that is, the subordination of individuals through their bodies, sexualities, and abilities to reproduce. The RJ paradigm picks up where a reproductive rights framework ends. It contends that the fight for equality and dignity in matters relating to reproduction continues beyond a successful argument that the Constitution ought to protect a "right" to privacy, "right" to access contraception, or "right" to an abortion. An RJ framework observes that "rights" are given meaning -- and lose meaning -- according to the race, class, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, immigration status, and physical and mental ability (among other attributes) of the rights bearer. As such, RJ analyzes reproductive experiences within a complex context and with respect to the multiple statuses of the persons involved. ENROLLMENT LIMIT: 15 students GRADING NOTICE: This course does not offer the CR/NC/H option. ** A student who fails to attend the initial meeting of a seminar (designated by an (S) in the title), or to obtain permission to be absent from either the instructor or the Registrar, may be administratively dropped from the seminar. Students who are on a wait list for a seminar are required to attend the first seminar meeting to be considered for enrollment.

SPRG 2018: LAW JD 775 A1 , Jan 16th to Apr 24th 2018
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
Tue 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 3 Khiara M. Bridges LAW
FALL 2018: LAW JD 775 A1 , Sep 4th to Dec 11th 2018
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg
Tue 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 3 Khiara M. Bridges
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