Christina understands the daily struggle of working families. Growing up in a trailer in a rural part of Florida, her parents never graduated from high school, and her dad struggled to make ends meet as a construction worker. When he became ill with emphysema, his health insurance was cancelled, and her family had to choose between paying for his medicine and everything else.
Christina has also experienced first-hand the transformative power of education. The first in her family to go to college, she worked her way through school as an engineer with the State of Florida Department of Environmental Protection and graduated with honors with a degree in Environmental Engineering. She then went on to law school at the University of Florida, where she graduated first in her class and was Editor-in-Chief of the law review.
Twenty years ago, Christina moved to Iowa City to become a law professor at the University of Iowa. She teaches and writes in several areas of law, including Constitutional Law, Torts, and Intellectual Property. She enjoys teaching the important role of law and constitutional democracy in a just and vibrant society. She also researches how scientific and artistic innovation spur economic growth, and her co-authored book Creation Without Restraint has been cited by the United States Supreme Court.
While at the University of Iowa, Christina has served as Faculty Senate President, where she drafted and championed a university-wide policy that gave hundreds of non-tenure track faculty greater job security, a path to promotion, and grievance rights. She has also led initiatives related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, faculty development, and free speech.
Christina is the proud mom of City High Senior Mira Bohannan Kumar, an enthusiastic yellow lab named Honey, and a stubborn (but sweet) little spaniel named Ginger. She has been involved in several community organizations, including groups that advocate for gun violence prevention, women’s empowerment, and social justice.