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 received her BA from Dartmouth College and her PhD from the University of Melbourne and held post-doctoral fellowships at the the University of Queensland and the East-West Center in Honolulu. In 1994 she became editor of the Australian literary journal Meanjin.

Since 2000 she has been editor of Harvard Review, a literary journal published by Houghton Library at Harvard University. She is the recipient of fellowships from the NEA, Arts Victoria, and the Australia Council, as well as an NEH Public Scholar Award. Her essays and reviews have appeared in a wide range of publications, including Vogue, the American Scholar, the Contemporary Pacific, and three editions of Best Australian Essays. She teaches writing at Harvard University Extension, where she was awarded the James E. Conway Excellence in Teaching Award in 2008.