Christina Thompson is the author of Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia and Come on Shore and We Will Kill and Eat You All, which was shortlisted for the Douglas Stewart Prize and the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. She is the recipient of various fellowships, including a 2015 Public Scholar Award from the National Endowment for the Humanities, which was hugely helpful in getting her over the finish line with Sea People, her big history of the ancient Polynesian migrations.

A dual citizen of the US and Australia, Christina has been writing about the Pacific for many years, always with an interest in the relationships between Europeans and Islanders. In her day job, she edits Harvard Review, a literary journal at Harvard University, and teaches writing at the Harvard University Extension School. She lives in Boston with her husband and three sons.