Christina McDowell is the author of the critically acclaimed book, After Perfect: A Daughter's Memoir. She has written for LA Weekly, Marie Claire, Porter Magazine, The Daily Banter, USA Today, The Detroit Free Press and more. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, The Guardian, O (Oprah) Magazine, People Magazine, The Village Voice, among others. Christina is currently at work on a novel, The Cave Dwellers, scheduled for a 2020 publication.
Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Christina is an advocate for restorative justice and criminal justice reform. She has traveled to state prisons to speak on behalf of families of the incarcerated and victims of crime. She taught creative writing to teenage girls at Central Juvenile Hall in Los Angeles for two years and serves on the advisory board of POPS The Club (Pain of the Prison System), the first high school club in the U.S. to empower youth impacted by the mass incarceration crisis. She was honored for her outstanding advocacy work by the board of directors and its members in 2018.
"An irresistible story about love, greed, and delusion, and how the truth-- after it knocks you down-- really can set you free." - Kim Hubbard, Editor-at-Large, People Magazine
Previously, Christina co-wrote op-ed articles with former Clinton and Bush White House spokesman, Robert Weiner, at The National Press Club. She provided in-depth research and analysis of current public policies, regulations and laws.
2016 - 2017
Prior to moving back to her native Washington, D.C., Christina was associate deputy director of the Pasadena field office for Californians for Voter Turnout Education and Registration during the 2016 election.
2012 - 2015
In 2012, Christina co-produced and lead research on Academy Award nominated producer, Matthew Cooke's documentary film, Survivor's Guide to Prison, about America's mass incarceration crisis (released 2018). Available on iTunes. See trailer here:
She volunteered and helped launch POPS (Pain of the Prison System) The Club, leading classroom discussions on the impact incarceration has on family members.
Prior to becoming a writer and social justice advocate, Christina studied acting at the Rebecca Kitt & Ivana Chubbuck Studios in Los Angeles. She has appeared in numerous television shows for ABC, CBS, Disney, and FOX.
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