People of The Fuller Project

Christina Asquith

Cofounder and Editor in Chief


Christina is author of two nonfiction books on women, and has given voice to women in her journalism for more than 20 years from Iraq, Afghanistan, Turkey, as well as violent neighborhoods in Philadelphia and Baltimore.

Christina began her career as a newspaper reporter, doing internships at The New York Times and The Baltimore Sun then became a suburban correspondent for The Philadelphia Inquirer for several years. She wrote her first book, The Emergency Teacher: The Inspirational Story of a New Teacher in an Inner-City School, based off a year she spent as a teacher in the lowest-performing middle school in North Philadelphia, focusing on the challenges of preteen girls in the struggling school and neighborhood. In 2003, she moved to Baghdad, Iraq and covered the US invasion as a freelancer for The New York Times, The Economist, The Guardian and The Christian Science Monitor.

Frustrated by the absence of women’s voices in the Western media’s war coverage, she told the story of the war through the experiences of four women in her 2009 nonfiction book by Random House, Sisters in War: A Story of Love, Family, and Survival in the New Iraq—the only book published by any journalist on Iraq to have women as its focus. While based in Istanbul covering Syrian women refugees in 2014, she cofounded the Fuller Project for International Reporting with Xanthe Scharff.

Christina has a BA from Boston University and an MA from London School of Economics and was a 2007 Fellow at The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

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Recent reporting by Christina:

El Salvador Kills Women as the U.S Shrugs, Foreign Policy

America Never Gave Afghan Women a Chance, Foreign Policy

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