Christopher Rose is a doctoral candidate (ABD) in the Department of History at UT-Austin, and an adjunct instructor in the Global Studies Department at St. Edward’s University. His dissertation, “Disease, Depravity, and Revolution: The Breakdown of Public Health in Egypt, 1914-1919”, examines the intersections of colonial power, rural resistance, environmental factors and disease in Egypt in the first two decades of the 20th century. He has also extensively studied the history of early Islam, medieval Egypt, and Islamic Spain  (711-1492).

He holds a Master's Degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Texas, where he worked on slavery in theory and practice in Islamic law. He completed his BA in International Service at American University in Washington, DC, during which he spent a year abroad studying at the American University in Cairo.  

He has extensive experience traveling in the Middle East, including Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Morocco, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, Uzbekistan and the West Bank, and has done archival work in Switzlerland and the UK.  He speaks Egyptian Arabic, Modern Standard Arabic and Spanish, and reads French and Portuguese.

He is technical editor and one of the cohosts of 15 Minute History, a podcast for history educators.

He is currently President of the Middle East Outreach Council, a nationwide organization of educators and outreach professionals dedicated to teaching about the Middle East and its diverse cultures in an accessible, non-partisan manner.

During his lengthy tenure as Director of Educational Outreach at UT’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies (2000-2016), he conducted numerous professional development sessions for educators, co-wrote several curriculum units for K-12 classrooms, and accompanied several groups of educators on study tours to the Middle East. 

Chris has received grants through the Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad "Between East and West" in Turkey and Cyprus in 2004 & "Religious Diversity in North Africa" in Morocco and Tunisia, 2011. and co-led Group Projects Abroad: Egypt in 2005), the Malone Fellowship in Arab and Islamic Studies that allowed him to visit the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 2005; several University of Texas Liberal Arts Instructional Technology Awards; and a research grant from the Department of History.

 

Academic Appointments

Adjunct Instructor, University Studies (Cultural Foundations), Spring 2017

Adjunct Instructor, University Studies (Cultural Foundations), Fall 2017

Adjunct Instructor, Global Studies, Spring 2018

Adjunct Instructor, University Studies (Cultural Foundations), Fall 2018

Year Started

2017

Languages Spoken

Arabic (intermediate-high), Spanish

Education

Doctoral Candidate, ABD, History, The University of Texas at Austin (expected completion 2018-2019)
M.A. Middle Eastern Studies, The University of Texas at Austin, 2000
B.A., International Studies, American University, 1996

Achievement & Involvement

Organizations, Boards and Memberships

President, Middle East Outreach Council, 2014-2018

External Grants

Previously Awarded Grants

2018 - University of Texas at Austin, The Graduate School, Professional Development Travel Award to present at Egypt in the Great War symposium, Oxford.

2017 - University of Texas at Austin, Department of Middle Eastern Studies, Professional Development Travel Award to present at Middle East Studies Association conference.

2017 - Middle East Outreach Council Travel Award for travel to Middle East Studies Association conference.

2016-17 - Fulbright U.S. Scholars Abroad, semi-finalist for Egypt (note: the program was suspended prior to final award announcements).

2016 - Longview Foundation for International Education, grant for pre-service educator training in international education.

2014 - Summer Research Scholarship, Department of History, University of Texas at Austin.

2014 - “Building the Physical and Human Experiences of Africa” (with the Texas State University Department of Curriculum and Instruction), grant from the Texas Excellence Fund.

2011-12 - Library of Congress TPS Western Regional Center, Teaching with Primary Sources Grant for Hemispheres, co-program coordinator.

2011 - Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad, “Religious Diversity in Morocco and Tunisia,” selected participant.

2005  - Joseph J. Malone Fellowship in Arab and Islamic Studies, National Council on US-Arab Relations.

2004 -  Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad, “East Meets West: Turkey and Cyprus in the 21st Century,” selected participant. 

2003-04 - Liberal Arts Instructional Technology Services (College of Liberal Arts; University of Texas at Austin), Instructional Technology Grant, grant writer and principal investigator.

2002-03 - Liberal Arts Instructional Technology Services (College of Liberal Arts; University of Texas at Austin), Instructional Technology Grant, grant writer and principal investigator.

2002 - Fulbright-Hays Groups Projects Abroad Program, grant for Study Tour and Curriculum Development Project in Egypt, grant writer.

2001-02 - Liberal Arts Instructional Technology Services (College of Liberal Arts; University of Texas at Austin), Instructional Technology Grant, grant writer and principal investigator.

2000 - Texas Council for the Humanities, Media Grant for development of “Cairo: Living Past, Living Future” web-based teaching and curriculum guide, grant co-writer and project director.

Publications & Articles

Publications

2016 - “Review of Paul M. Cobb, “‘The Race for Paradise: An Islamic History of the Crusades.’” World History Connected (October 2016).

2016 - “Review of Afsaneh Najmabadi, “Professing Selves: Transsexuality and Same-Sex Desire in Contemporary Iran,” E3W Review of Books, 16:1 “Hybrid Archives & Crossed Disciplines” (2016), 62-63.

2012 - “Review of ‘The Ottoman Age of Exploration,’ by Giancarlo Casale,” Not Even Past, Austin, TX: Department of History.

2012  - “What’s Missing from ‘Argo’ (2012),” Not Even Past. Austin, TX: Department of History, December 1.

Presentations

Presentations

Invited Talks

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

Campus Talks

2018 - “Sex Work and Protest in World War 1 Egypt,” Gender Studies Symposium, Department of History, University of Texas, Austin, TX, January 26.

2016  - “What is Islamic about Cholera in 19th Century Egypt?” Islamic Studies Graduate Colloquium, Department of Middle Eastern Studies, University of Texas, Austin, TX, February 4.

Conference Presentations           

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

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

2014 - “Many Voices: Female Contemporary Heroes” (with G. Bailey, Jr.), Houston Arts Partners Conference, Houston, TX, September 6.

2014 - “Urban Arabesque” (with G. Bailey, Jr. and K. Hopson), Houston Arts Partners Conference, Houston, TX, September 6.

2013 -  “Teaching with Primary Sources,” (with N. Arsenault, et. al.) National Council for the Social Studies, Seattle, WA, November 16, 2013.

2013 - “Central Asia Along the Silk Route,” Texas Council for the Social Studies, San Antonio, TX, October 26.

2012  - “Introduction to Southwest Asia and North Africa,” Texas Council for the Social Studies, Irving, TX, October 26.

2012 - “Using Literature to Teach about the Middle East,” National Council of Teachers of English (with B. Petzen, B. Coleman, and L. Adeli), Chicago, IL, November 19.

2012 - “Introduction to Southwest Asia and North Africa,” National Council for Geographic Education, San Marcos, TX, October 6.

2011  - “Digital Activism: Literature, Blogs, and Revolution in the Middle East,” (with T. El-Ariss), National Council for the Social Studies, Washington, DC, December 2.

2011 - “The Geography of Religion,” Texas Council for the Social Studies (TCSS) annual conference, Austin, TX, October 22.

2010 - Mapping the Islamic City,” National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), Denver, CO, November 12.

2010 - “Teaching the Middle East through Film and Fiction,” (with B. Petzen), National Council for the Social Studies, Denver, CO, November 11.

2009 -  “Mapping the Islamic City,” Texas Council for the Social Studies, Dallas, TX, October 31.

2009 - “Mapping the Islamic City,” National Council for Geographic Education, San Juan, PR, September 24.

2009  - “Tracking Cultures: Tracing the Diverse Roots of Spanish America, National Council for Geographic Education, San Juan, PR, September 24.

2009  -  “‘Is this Covered in the Standards?’ Outreach in the Era of Standardized Testing,” on the panel “On the Future of Outreach: Approaches for More Effective Programs,” Title VI Fiftieth Anniversary Conference, Washington, DC, March 19.

2009  - “Best Practices in Outreach,” Title VI Technical Assistance Workshop, Arlington, VA, February 2.

2008 -  “Tracking Cultures: Tracing the Diverse Roots of Texas and the Southwest,” National Council for the Social Studies, Houston, TX, November 15, 2008.

2008 - “Restoring Women to World Studies,” Texas Council for the Social Studies, San Antonio, TX, October 26.

2008 - “Tracking Cultures: Tracing the Diverse Roots of Texas Cultures,” Texas Council for the Social Studies, San Antonio, TX, October 25.

2007 - “Explorers, Traders & Immigrants: Tracking the Cultural and Social Impacts of the Global Commodities Trade,” National Council for the Social Studies, San Diego, CA, December 1.

2007 - “Explorers, Traders & Immigrants: Tracking the Cultural and Social Impacts of the Global Commodities Trade,” Texas Council for the Social Studies, El Paso, TX, October 20.

2007- "Tracking Cultures: Tracing the Diverse Roots of Texas Cultures,” Texas Council for the Social Studies, El Paso, TX, October 19.

2006  - “People and Place: Human-Environmental Interactions,” National Council for the Social Studies, Washington, DC, December 3.

2006 - “Africa Enslaved: comparative slave systems outside the United States,” (with N. Arsenault, et. al) National Council on History Education, Austin, TX, March 31.

2005 - “Understanding Migration,” National Council for the Social Studies, Kansas City, MO, November 20.

2005 - “Teaching Egypt: Bringing the Modern Country to Life in the Classroom,” Texas Council for the Social Studies, Galveston, TX, October 29.

2005 -  “Grant Writing for the Social Studies Educator,” (with Michelle Davidson Ungurait) Texas Council for the Social Studies, Galveston, TX, October 28.

2005 - “Envisioning the Future of World Studies in Texas,” (with N. Arsenault and J. Phillips), Texas Social Studies Supervisors’ Association, Austin, TX, April 15.

2005 - “Filling the Gaps: K-12/University Partnerships for New Curricular Resources” (with N. Arsenault and J. Phillips), Texas Social Studies Supervisors’ Association, Austin, TX, April 15.

2004 - “East and West: Turkey and Cyprus.”  Presentation at the Texas Council for the Social Studies, Dallas, TX, October 3.

2004 - “Africa Enslaved: comparative slave systems outside the United States,” National Council for the Social Studies, Baltimore, MD, November 19.

2003 - “Geography, Migration and Cultural Contact: The Indian Ocean,” Texas Council for the Social Studies, Lubbock, TX, October 18.

2001 - “When the Mummies Ruled Egypt: Presentations and Perceptions of Egypt in the K-12 Classroom,” Middle East Studies Association, San Francisco, CA, November 18.

1999 - “Tribalism, Ethnicity and the Nation-State: The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan,” Texas Association of Middle East Scholars, Houston, TX, February 26.

Panels Organized

2018 - “Blurring Lines: Criminality and Public Order in Liberal-Age Egypt” (organizer), Middle East Studies Association, San Antonio, TX, November 15-18.

Panel Chair/Discussant

2010 -  “Hearing Many Voices: Introducing New Resources and Best Practices for Teaching the Israeli-Palestinian Relationship in the K-14 Classroom,” panel chair and discussant, Middle East Studies Association, San Diego, CA, November 21.

2002  -  Panel co-chair and discussant, “Enhancing and Expanding World Studies in Central Texas Classrooms: The Experiences of Hemispheres,” Wisconsin International Outreach Consortium Conference, Madison, WI, May 2.

2001 -  Panel chair and discussant, “Issues of Teaching About the Middle East at the Precollegiate Level,” Middle East Studies Association, San Francisco, CA, November 18.