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Imagining an Ethnography of the Reproductive Lives of Class-Privileged People of Color: Race, Class, Gender, and Prenatal Care

November 10, 12:00 pm1:00 pm PST

Speaker: Khiara M. Bridges, Professor of Law, UC Berkeley School of Law

Studies across a range of measures of wellbeing show that class privilege does not necessarily immunize racial minorities from the structures and processes that produce excess morbidity and mortality in people, communities, and populations without racial privilege. These facts invite a consideration of the complex relationship between race and class in the United States. They invite a theorization of the simultaneous inclusion and exclusion that characterizes class-privileged racial minorities. In this talk, Bridges will discuss her plan to write an ethnography of the fraught reproduction of middle- and upper-middle-class black women in the United States. The ethnography will interrogate both how class privilege affects the experience of race in the United States as well as how race impacts the experience of class privilege.

Khiara M. Bridges is a professor of law at UC Berkeley School of Law. She has written many articles concerning race, class, reproductive rights, and the intersection of the three. She is also the author of three books: Reproducing Race: An Ethnography of Pregnancy as a Site of Racialization (2011), The Poverty of Privacy Rights (2017), and Critical Race Theory: A Primer (2019). 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 J.D. from Columbia Law School and her Ph.D., with distinction, from Columbia University’s Department of Anthropology. 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.

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November 10
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm PST
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Berkeley Center for Social Medicine
Berkeley Public Health
Berkeley Institute for the Study of Societal Issues