Before joining the Knight First Amendment Institute, Cristian Farias was a member of The New York Times' editorial board, where he wrote about the U.S. Supreme Court, criminal justice, civil rights, and other legal issues. Before that, he was a legal columnist for New York magazine, a Supreme Court reporter for The Huffington Post, and a legal editor with Radiolab's More Perfect, a podcast about the Supreme Court. 

Over the years, Cristian's articles and insights have appeared in The New Yorker, Slate, The New York Review of Books, The New Republic, Fusion, Fox News Latino, and El Diario, a leading Spanish newspaper in New York. During a prior writing residency, he worked with the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, focusing on racial equality and civil rights history. 

In a prior life, Cristian was an entertainment journalist. In 2009, in a professional twist, he became a probation officer with the New Jersey court system, a civil-service job that sparked his interest in criminal law and civil rights. He is a graduate of Rutgers University, where he wrote for the student newspaper, and the City University of New York School of Law, where he served as managing articles editor for the CUNY Law Review and as a fellow with the Center on Latino and Latina Rights and Equality. 

During his residency at the Institute, Cristian will undertake a major investigative project focused on freedom of expression and the U.S. border.