Christopher B. Patterson (Ph.D., U of Washington) researches transpacific discourses of literature, video games, and new media through the lens of empire studies, Asian American studies, and queer theory. His first book, Transitive Cultures: Anglophone Literature of the Transpacific (Rutgers University Press, 2018), won the American Studies Association’s 2020 Shelley Fisher Fishkin Prize for International Scholarship in Transnational American Studies. His latest book, Open World Empire: Race, Erotics, and the Global Rise of Video Games, was published in April of 2020 by NYU Press. His articles have appeared in Cultural Studies, American Quarterly, Games and Culture, M.E.L.U.S. (Multi-ethnic Literatures of the United States) and other venues. He writes fiction under the name Kawika Guillermo, and his debut novel, Stamped: an anti-travel novel (2018), won the 2020 Association for Asian American Studies Book Award for Creative Prose. His second novel, All Flowers Bloom, was published by Westphalia Press in March 2020. In 2013, Chris founded the podcast New Books in Asian American Studies where he is a current co-host. He also serves as the Managing Editor for decomp journal, and is the incoming Book Review Editor for The Journal of Asian American Studies. His commitment to teaching was recognized in 2018 when he was awarded Hong Kong Baptist University’s Arts Faculty Early Career Teaching Award.