Christopher S. Rose is a postdoctoral fellow with the Institute for Historical Studies at the University of Texas at Austin for the 2019-20 year. He holds a doctorate in History from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a founding co-host of the podcast 15 Minute History, and is immediate past-president of the Middle East Outreach Council. He has also been an adjunct instructor in the School of Behavioral and Social Sciences at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas.
Chris studies the early modern Arab world, focusing on Egypt. His dissertation, “Disease, Depravity and Revolution: The Breakdown of Public Health in Egypt, 1914-1919” is a social history of Egypt during the First World War through the lens of public health. Other interests include the formative period of Islam from Muhammad until the rise of the Umayyads; the history and development of Fustat/Cairo; Islamic North Africa and Spain (al-Andalus); and the spread of cultural traits through trade networks (Silk Route, Mediterranean, Atlantic).
During his lengthy tenure as Outreach Director at UT’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies (2000-2016), Chris conducted numerous professional development sessions for educators, co-wrote several curriculum units for K-12 classrooms, and took numerous groups of educators to the Middle East. He left in December 2016 to focus on completing his dissertation.
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 the UK, the US, and Switzerland. He speaks Egyptian Arabic, Modern Standard Arabic, and Spanish, and reads French and Portuguese.
When not nerding out in archives and contemplating the power implications of knowledge production, he enjoys food, wine, photography, and scratching cats behind the ears.