Christina Thompson is the author of Sea People: The Puzzle of Polynesia, due out in March 2019 from Harper, and Come on Shore and We Will Kill and Eat You All, which was shortlisted for the 2009 NSW Premier's Award and the 2010 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing.
A dual citizen of the United States and Australia, she was born in Switzerland and grew up outside of Boston. She got her BA from Dartmouth College and, after a couple of years working on the west coast, she got a fellowship for graduate study and moved to Australia. She received her PhD in English from the University of Melbourne and had post-doctoral fellowships at the the University of Queensland and the East-West Center in Honolulu. In 1994 she became editor of Meanjin, an Australian literary journal based at the University of Melbourne.
In 1998, Christina and her family—which by then included her husband Tauwhitu Parangi, a member of the Ngati Rehia hapu of the Ngapuhi tribe of Aotearoa (New Zealand), and their three sons—returned to the United States. Since 2000 she has been editor of Harvard Review, a literary journal published by Houghton Library at Harvard University. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships, including writing grants from the NEA and the Australia Council and an NEH Public Scholar Award. Her essays and reviews have appeared in a wide range of scholarly and popular publications, including Vogue, the American Scholar, the Journal of Pacific History, and three editions of Best Australian Essays. She teaches writing at Harvard Summer School and Harvard University Extension, where she was awarded the James E. Conway Excellence in Teaching Award in 2008.