History Department
History Department

Christopher Rose

MA, Middle Eastern Studies, The University of Texas at Austin

Doctoral Candidate in History; Assistant Director, Center for Middle Eastern Studies
Christopher Rose


  • Phone: 512-471-3582
  • Office: CAL 513
  • Office Hours: M-F 7:30 - 4:30
  • Campus Mail Code: F9400


Egypt in the Islamic period; development and urbanization in pre-modern and early modern Cairo; Mediterranean world systems; medical history; social studies education and curriculum development


Christopher Rose studies the early modern Arab world, concentrating on the intersections of colonial power, rural resistance, environmental factors and disease in Egypt and the Levant between 1850 and 1920. 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 the UK.  He speaks Egyptian Arabic, Modern Standard Arabic and Spanish, and reads French and Portuguese.

Group Photo, Grand Mosque, Muscat Oman, January 2014


Chris has served as Outreach Director at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas at Austin since 2000.  Over his tenure, the Middle East outreach program at Texas has grown into a vibrant organization through collaboration in a consortium called Hemispheres, through which curriculum development and teacher training are coordinated by the five area studies centers at the University.  He travels throughout the state of Texas to conduct workshops and professional development training for educators and frequently presents at state and national conferences.

He has written or co-written numerous curriculum units for K-12 educators, including Africa Enslaved: Comparative Slave Systems Outside the United States; Explorers, Traders & Immigrants: Exploring the Social and Cultural Impacts of the Global Commodity Trade; People and Place: Curriculum Resources on Human-Environmental Interactions; Understanding Migration; and Teaching about Rights and Responsibilities.  He has taken several groups of K-12 educators and undergraduates to the Middle East (Egypt, Morocco, Turkey, Uzbekistan).

He is one of the cohosts of 15 Minute History, a podcast for history educators that is a partnership between Hemispheres and NOT EVEN PAST.

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.

Self-portrait in a mirror, FezChris 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.

He has been part of delegations representing the University of Texas at Austin to institutions of higher learning and other educational bodies in both the Middle East/North Africa and South Asia.

He has served as a review panelist for the Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad program, as panelist and chair of the Middle East Book Award committee, and currently chairs the selection committee for the National Council for the Social Studies' Award for Global Understanding given in honor of James M. Becker.