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Khiara M. Bridges, Professor at the Boston University School of Law

January 2016

Spelman College Alumna Khiara BridgesReferred to as the “Balletic Legal Scholar” in the Boston University article “Secret Lives,” Spelman alumna Khiara M. Bridges C'99 can definitely be considered the quintessential Renaissance woman. After graduating in three years from Spelman as valedictorian, she went on to earn a Columbia Law School J.D. and a Ph.D., with distinction, in anthropology from Columbia University. 

Bridges was promoted to professor at the Boston University School of Law. Her announcement ran in the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education in the article, “New Faculty Posts for Five Black Scholars at Leading Universities,” on March 26, 2015.

The Florida native currently holds dual appointments as associate professor of law and associate professor of anthropology at Boston University. She speaks fluent Spanish, basic Arabic, is a classically trained, professional ballet dancer, and the author of the book, “Reproducing Race: An Ethnography of Pregnancy as a Site of Racialization.”

Read how she successfully merges her passion for teaching and her love of dance