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Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research. With more than 30,000 students, it is the fourth largest independent university in the U.S. It has 17 colleges and schools and a number of multi-d... more.
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National Advocates for Pregnant Women
Law Students for Reproductive Justice
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Center for Reproductive Rights
Columbia Law School
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Khiara Bridges, JD, PhD
Khiara Bridges, JD, PhD Khiara M. Bridges has a dual appointment as a Professor of Law at Boston University School of Law and an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Boston University. She has written many articles concerning race, class, reproductive rights, and the intersection of the three. Her scholarship has appeared in the Stanford Law Review, the Columbia Law Review, the California Law Review, 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. She also sits on the Academic Advisory Council for 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.
Khiara M. Bridges, Anthropology and Law, Boston University (Co-editor)
new in print (March 2011) Reproducing Race : Khiara M. Bridges
Reproducing Race : Khiara M. Bridges Reproducing Race, an ethnography of pregnancy and birth at a large New York City public hospital, explores the role of race in the medical setting. Khiara M. Bridges investigates how race-commonly seen as biological in the medical world-is socially constructed among women dependent on the public healthcare system for prenatal care and childbirth. Bridges argues that race carries powerful material consequences for these women even when it is not explicitly named, showing how they are marginalized by the practices and assumptions of the clinic staff. Deftly weaving ethnographic evidence into broader discussions of Medicaid and racial disparities in infant and maternal mortality, Bridges shines new light on the politics of healthcare for the poor, demonstrating how the "medicalization" of social problems reproduces racial stereotypes and governs the bodies of poor women of color. Khiara M. Bridges is Associate Professor of Law and Associate Professor of Anthropology at Boston University. Her bio is as interesting as the book: Interests: critical race theory; criminal law 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 she is the author of Reproducing Race: An Ethnography of Pregnancy as a Site of Racialization, to be published by the University of California Press. Her scholarship has 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 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 and Criminal Law at BU Law.
Surveillance as a tool for racism | TechCrunch
Khiara Bridges is a professor at Boston University who studied pregnant women applying to Medicaid.
All of them poor, most of them of color. Her research found a system "fundamentally flawed by design," in which women relying on government assistance to have a child were required, before ever seeing a health practitioner, to be "informationally canvassed" via coerced consultations that ask the kinds of degrading questions that white, privately insured women would never be asked at a healthcare facility.
The Color of Surveillance: Government Monitoring of the African American Community, Georgetown Law Center on Privacy & Technology, 8 April 2016 | Data-Pop Alliance
For instance, in the panel discussion on "Surveillance of Low-Income Communities" Prof. Khiara Bridges (Boston University) described her research on the experiences of African-American women from low-income backgrounds wanting to become mothers, who are constantly surveilled by various state bureaucracies as soon as they enroll in Medicaid.
As Prof. Bridges points out, wealthier women are clearly not exposed to the same level of state surveillance. Prof. Bridges was joined by Hamid Khan (Stop LAPD Spying Coalition) who made the strong point that the American people need to stop trying to police their way out of social and political problems.