CHRISTA KULJIAN is a Writing Fellow at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WiSER) and graduated with an MA in Creative Writing at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2007.
In 2010, Christa was awarded the Ruth First Fellowship at Wits Journalism and gave the Ruth First Memorial Lecture on the refugee crisis at Central Methodist Church in Johannesburg, which led to her writing her first book, Sanctuary – How an Inner-city Church Spilled onto a Sidewalk (published by Jacana Media, 2013). You can read the Ruth First Memorial Lecture here.
Christa studied with palaeontologist Stephen Jay Gould for her BA in the History of Science at Harvard (1984), which provided inspiration for her second book, Darwin’s Hunch (published by Jacana Media, 2016).
Her writing has appeared in South African publications including City Press, New Contrast, Botsotso, Words etc., Digest of South African Architecture and The Weekender, amongst others.
Originally from Boston, Christa has worked to strengthen civil society and human rights. In the 1980s, she worked for the South African Council of Churches as well as Senator Edward Kennedy. Christa was the Director of the C. S. Mott Foundation in South Africa from 1992-2003 where she worked to support scores of organisations working on legal rights, women’s development, strengthening community participation and the non-profit sector.