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

Year Started


Languages Spoken

Arabic (intermediate-high), Spanish


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