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, Critical Race Theory, Reproductive Justice
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Biography

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 Journal of Law and Gender, 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, will be released in 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 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. She speaks fluent Spanish and basic Arabic, and she is a classically trained ballet dancer who continues to perform professionally in New York City.

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Publications
  1. Khiara Bridges, "The Deserving Poor, the Undeserving Poor, and Class-Based Affirmative Action," 66 Emory Law Journal 1049 (2017).
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  2. Khiara Bridges, The Poverty of Privacy Rights, Stanford University Press (2017).
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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Khiara Bridges, "The Dangerous Law of Biological Race," 82 Fordham Law Review 21 (2013).
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  8. 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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  9. Khiara Bridges, "When Pregnancy is an Injury: Rape, Law, and Culture," 65 Stanford Law Review 457 (2013).
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  10. Khiara Bridges, "‘Life’ in the Balance: Judicial Review of Abortion Regulations," 46 U.C. Davis Law Review 1285 (2013).
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  11. Khiara Bridges, "Poor Women and the Protective State," 63 Hastings Law Journal 1619 (2012).
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  12. Khiara Bridges, "Privacy Rights and Public Families," 34 Harvard Journal of Law & Gender 113 (2011).
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  13. Khiara Bridges, Reproducing Race: An Ethnography of Pregnancy as a Site of Racialization, University of California Press (2011).
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  14. Khiara Bridges, "Capturing the Judiciary: Carhart and the Undue Burden Standard," 67 Washington & Lee Law Review 915 (2010).
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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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Courses

3 credits

This seminar explores the utility of Critical Race Theory to the study of law. Specifically, this seminar analyzes the centrality of the law in constructing and maintaining -- as well as dismantling -- racism, racial inequalities, and race itself. The latter part of the seminar will consist of a sustained analysis of Critical Race Theory as it speaks to issues of gender and reproduction. Students will write a research paper; with the permission of the instructor, this paper may satisfy the upper-class writing requirement. GRADING NOTICE: This class will 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.

FALL 2016: LAW JD 731 A1 , Sep 12th to Dec 5th 2016
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Mon 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 3 Khiara M. Bridges LAW 416
SPRG 2018: LAW JD 731 A1 , Jan 17th to Apr 25th 2018
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Wed 8:30 am 10:30 am 3 Ronald E. Wheeler

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. 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 Room
Tue 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 3 Khiara M. Bridges
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