Christian is an award-winning former investigative journalist specializing in public records research and data reporting.
Prior to Quinlan, he spent four years as a research consultant to clients in venture capital, law, technology, strategic communications and politics, for whom he conducted deep, cross-border investigations into political corruption, foreign oligarchs, organized crime groups and multinational corporations. In 2018, he was awarded the John S. Knight Fellowship at Stanford University for innovation in data journalism after he and a colleague trained a computer to analyze aggregate radar and other flight data to find and track spy planes. Christian holds a Master of Journalism degree from the University of California, Berkeley.
Christian co-authored five investigative reports on one of the world's largest agribusiness multinationals, the findings of which formed the basis of several news articles and even a statement by U.S. congressmen seeking official investigations of the target company. His work involved compiling and analyzing campaign finance, lobbying, customs, geospatial and regulatory (e.g. environmental and workplace safety) data to determine the target company's disproportionately harmful effects on consumers, communities and the environment across two continents.
On behalf of a client investigating foreign-influence operations in the U.S., Christian conducted detailed investigations of federal and local government officials which uncovered corrupt ties to businessmen implicated in unregistered lobbying efforts, alleged fraud and connections to Russian actors seeking to improperly acquire advanced U.S. technologies.