Christopher Gonzalez is a PhD Candidate in the Department of English at The Ohio State University. He specializes in understanding how various narrative forms, and especially those narratives created by Latinos, impact and influence readers in significant ways. Specifically, Christopher’s work draws upon research from both the humanities and the sciences, uniting the study of literature with cognitive science and neuroscience. At the heart of his interests is how people can be cognitively and emotionally moved through willful expressions of storytelling in a variety of media. His dissertation traces the development of Latino literature in the United States by investigating the relationship between authorial decisions related to the creation of narrative storyworlds and reader expectations that enable or constrain such authorial decisions.