Chris DeMateo holds a Masters of History from Old Dominion University, where he worked as a teacher’s assistant for two years, and a BA in Political Science from UVA Wise. Since 2014, Chris has been heavily involved with the Muse Writers Center in Norfolk, VA, where he currently teaches seminars and attends advanced studio workshops. He has had small pieces published in both fiction and academic history, and is currently finishing up his first science-fiction novel. For the last several years, Chris has tapped his understanding of history and historical causality to develop an extensive and deep fictional universe, in which he writes the vast majority of his stories. He has taught college-level history, as well as seminars relating to how to use a better understanding of history to build more realistic fictional worlds. Chris would be greatly suited for panels relating to world building, history, and subjects relating to the research involved.