Christopher S. Rose is a social historian of medicine, focusing on the nineteenth and twentieth century Middle East. He earned his doctorate in History from the University of Texas at Austin (UT) in 2019. He was a postdoctoral fellow with the Institute for Historical Studies at UT for the 2019-20 year.

He has taught as a Lecturer in the Department of History (spring 2020) and Assistant Instructor in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies (summer 2017) at the University of Texas, and as an adjunct instructor in the School of Behavioral and Social Sciences at St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas for five semesters in 2017-2019. Prior to pursuing his doctorate, he acquired nearly two decades of administrative experience at the University of Texas.

In his relatively short teaching career, he has mentored students who have received a variety of accolades and awards, including Boren and Fulbright fellowships. He is also writing a popular series of blog posts called the Grad School Survival Guide.

Dr. Rose is active as a public historian. He founded the podcast 15 Minute History and served as co-host for eight years, and serving as immediate past-president (2018 - 2020) of the Middle East Outreach Council. Chris also has significant experience in educator training, particularly working with world history and world geography educators. He has conducted numerous professional development sessions for educators, co-written several curriculum units for K-12 classrooms, and escorted numerous groups of educators to the Middle East.

Academic Appointments

2017-2019; 2020 Adjunct Instructor, Behavioral and Social Sciences

Year Started


Languages Spoken

Spoken Languages            

  • Arabic (Modern Standard (fuṣḥa)): (read, write, speak) ACTFL Advanced-Mid / CEFR B2
  • Arabic (Egyptian [Cairo] dialect): (speak) intermediate-low level.
  • Norwegian: ACTFL Novice-High / CEFR A1.
  • Spanish:
    • (speak, write) ACTFL: Intermediate-High / CEFR B1.
    • (listen, read) ACTFL: Advanced-High / CEFR B2.
  • Swedish: ACTFL Intermediate Low / CEFR A2.

Research Languages (reading only)

  • French
  • Portuguese


Ph.D., History, The University of Texas at Austin, 2019

M.A., Middle Eastern Studies, The University of Texas at Austin, 2000

B.A., International Studies, The American University, 1996

Achievement & Involvement

Honors and Awards

2019-20: Postdoctoral Fellowship, Institute for Historical Studies, The University of Texas at Austin

Organizations, Boards and Memberships

Middle East Outreach Council

  •         Past President and Treasurer, 2018-20
  •         President, 2014-18
  •         President-Elect, 2012-14
  •         Member, Board of Directors, 2010-12
  •         Co-Chair, Middle East Book Award Selection Committee, 2009-10
  •         Chair, Middle East Book Award Selection Committee, 2007-09
  •         Member, Middle East Book Award Committee, 2005-06
  •         Member, Board of Directors, 2000–04
  •         Webmaster, 1998–04
  •         Editor, Middle East Outreach Council Newsletter, 2001–03

National Council for the Social Studies

  • Chair, Selection Committee for the Award for Global Understanding Given in Honor of James M. Becker, 2013-16
  • Member, Selection Committee for the Award for Global Understanding Given in Honor of James M. Becker, 2010-12

Professional Memberships        

  • American Historical Association
  • Fulbright Association
  • Middle East Outreach Council
  • Middle East Studies Association
  • National Council for the Social Studies

Publications & Articles


“Food, Hunger, and Rebellion: Egypt in the First World War and its Aftermath,” in Justin Nordstrom, ed., Battlefields and Homefronts: Expanding Boundaries in Food and Warfare, 1840-1990, Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press (volume accepted via blind peer review; in post-revision review). 


“Implications of the Spanish Influenza Pandemic (1918-1920) for the History of Early 20th Century Egypt,” Journal of World History (accepted; tentatively scheduled for Volume 32: Issue 2, April).

“Pandemics and State Response in the Modern Middle East,” History Compass (commissioned, in progress).


“Rethinking the ‘Spanish’ Influenza Pandemic in the Era of Coronavirus,” College of Liberal Arts ‘E-Talk’ series, University of Texas, Austin, TX, July 7, 2020.

The ‘Spanish’ Influenza in Egypt,” Director’s Lecture Series, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Islamic Studies Program at Harvard, Cambridge MA (online), May 6, 2020.

“Migration Makes the World Go Round” (keynote), World History Association of Texas, Austin, TX, February 29, 2020.

Famine, Disease, and Death in Egypt 1914-1919: ‘Peasants in Revolt’ Revisited,” Middle East Studies Association, New Orleans, LA, November 14-17, 2019.

“Podcasting from the Ivory Tower: Lessons Learned from Five Seasons of 15 Minute History,” Louisiana Technical University, Ruston, LA, December 11, 2018

Abolition and the ‘White Slave Trade’ in Interwar Egypt,” Middle East Studies Association, San Antonio, TX, November 15-18, 2018

Famine, Disease, and Death in Egypt, 1914-1919,” Egypt in World War 1, Pembroke College, Oxford, UK, February 8, 2018.

Sex Work and Protest in World War 1 Egypt,” Middle East Studies Association, Washington, DC, November 17, 2017.