Khiara Bridges: CRR-CLS Fellows
Khiara M. Bridges is the first recipient of the two-year Center for Reproductive Rights-Columbia Law School Fellowship. She has focused her academic work on how reproductive rights law and biomedical ethics intersect to reinforce racial inequalities in the U.S. She has conducted extensive field research in an obstetrics clinic at a leading public hospital in New York City. Her ethnographic fieldwork was supported by a prestigious grant from the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research.Khiara earned her B.A. in Sociology from Spelman College, where she was valedictorian of her class. She earned her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was a Stone Scholar, a Kent Scholar, and a Developing Editor of the Columbia Law Review. She earned, with distinction, her Ph.D. in anthropology from Columbia University in 2008. Her scholarship has been published in the Columbia Law Review, the California Law Review, and the Texas Journal of Women &, the Law. She is currently working on a book, entitled Reproducing Race: An Ethnography of Pregnancy as a Site of Racialization, which will be published by the University of California Press in 2010.Khiara is also a classically-trained ballet dancer, and she continues to dance professionally with several contemporary ballet companies.