Christopher Phillips is a Senior Lecturer in the International Relations of the Middle East at Queen Mary, University of London and an Associate Fellow at the Chatham House Middle East and North Africa programme. He has a PhD in International Relations at the London School of Economics, specialising in contemporary Syria and Jordan.

He has lived for several years in Syria and conducts regular research trips to Jordan, Turkey, Lebanon and Egypt. He writes often for The Guardian and various other publications.

His first book, Everyday Arab Identity: the daily reproduction of the Arab World was published by Routledge in 2012.