Kathy Christison grew up in the Washington, D.C. area and calls herself a CIA brat. Her mother worked for the agency and Christison worked there during summers while in school. Naturally enough, after graduating from Duquesne University, she went to work for the CIA as a political analyst. She dealt first with Vietnam and was stationed for several years in Saigon, where she met her husband, Bill, also a CWA participant. In 1971, she began to work on the Middle East and developed a lasting interest in the Arab-Israeli, and particularly the Palestinian-Israeli, conflict. She resigned from the CIA in 1979 when her husband retired and has been a free-lance writer since then, concentrating on Palestinian-Israeli issues. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Christison has written two books on the conflict. Perceptions of Palestine: Their Influence on U.S. Middle East Policy is a history and analysis of U.S. policy on the Palestine question. The Wound of Dispossession: Telling the Palestinian Story is a study of Palestinian political thinking based on interviews with over 120 Palestinians. She has written articles in Foreign Policy magazine, the Christian Science Monitor and various specialized Middle East journals, as well as book reviews for newspapers throughout the country.