Chris LaRossa

Visiting Researcher

After graduating from the University of Notre Dame in January of 2002, where he double majored in History and Theology, Chris LaRossa went to work in Washington, D.C. as an intern for US Senator Bill Frist. When Senator Frist was elected to the US Senate Majority Leader’s office, LaRossa was asked back to his office mostly to help with Frist’s foreign affairs staff. From there, he was accepted to the Boston University School of Theology with a partial scholarship for academic merit, where he graduated with a Masters of Theological Studies degree with a concentration in Islam in 2006. In the Fall of 2006, LaRossa began his Doctoral studies at the University of St. Andrews, researching the development of Islamic political thought in the mid-twentieth century in relation to the West. He passed his oral defense (viva) in October of 2010, and graduated with the PhD in June of 2011. At that point, LaRossa went to work for the Howard Gottlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University until his appointment to Georgetown in the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding. Since coming to Georgetown, LaRossa has had various publications through Oxford University Press, and has just completed a chapter for an edited book on Egypt and Iran with editors at the University of Pennsylvania. LaRossa is currently in the process of transforming his PhD thesis into a manuscript for publication.