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Christian McGuigan

Adjunct Faculty
School of Public Policy


Christian McGuigan is currently Vice President of Integrated Content Strategy at Participant Media, a leading media company dedicated to entertainment that inspires and compels social change. Participant's more than 70 films, including Contagion, Lincoln, The Help, He Named Me Malala, The Look of Silence, CITIZENFOUR, Food, Inc., and An Inconvenient Truth, have grossed over $2 billion in theaters globally and collectively earned 50 Academy Award nominations and 11 wins, including 2016's Best Picture. McGuigan began his career at Participant creating social impact campaigns and writing and producing award winning video content associated with each film with the goal of driving meaningful social change. He went on to help lead Participant Media's cause marketing services division, offering marketing and social innovation consulting to corporations and foundations. In his current position, McGuigan now sits at the intersection of content and strategy shepherding projects across Participant's marketing, impact and digital divisions.

Prior to joining Participant, McGuigan worked as an independent producer for film, television and commercials in New York and Los Angeles. Most recently, he produced the short film REZ, winner of the NYU Spike Lee Production Fund Award. McGuigan earned his BA in English Literature from the University of Dallas and a JD from Chapman University School of Law. He is a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy.


  • JD, Chapman University
  • BA, English Literature, University of Dallas


  • Content Strategy
  • Media and Public Policy
  • Social Impact Campaigns
  • Video Content and Production