Christina was recently elected to the Iowa House of Representatives for District 85 in Iowa City. A first-generation college graduate, neither of her parents graduated high school. Fortunately, Christina experienced the transformative power of education. She worked her way through college 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 innovation spurs 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. She drafted and championed a university-wide policy that gave around two hundred 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 graduate Mira Bohannan Kumar, who is now a freshman in college, and two dogs, Honey and Ginger. She has been involved in several community organizations, including groups that advocate for gun violence prevention, women’s empowerment, and social justice.