Magnus Bernhardsson is an Associate Professor of History and the Williams College Gaudino Scholar. At Williams, Bernhardsson teaches courses including Movers and Shakers in the Middle East; The Modern Middle East; Iraq and Iran in the Twentieth Century; The United States and the Middle East; and the Making of the Modern Middle East. Previously, he led a Winter Study travel trip called Cool Iceland: The Art of Cultural Survival.

Bernhardsson has received fellowships from the Williams College Oakley Center for the Humanities and Social Sciences and the American Academic Research Institute in Iraq, among others. In 2007, he was the recipient of the Nelson Bushnell Prize for excellence in teaching from Williams College.

Bernhardsson received his B.A. in political science from the University of Iceland in Reykjavik, Iceland, a M.A. in Religion from Yale Divinity School and his Ph.D. in history from Yale University.