Chair of Arabic Studies, Brown Professor of History and Faculty Affiliate in Leadership Studies and Religion
Spring 2020 Class Hours
All classes being taught online.
Spring 2020 Office Hours
No meetings on campus.
M.A. Yale University, Religion (1992)
Ph.D. Yale University, History (1999)
HIST 305 / ARAB 305Nationalism and Nation Building in the Middle East
HIST 409 / ARAB 409 / GBST 409(F)Crescent, Cross, and Star. Religion and Politics in the Middle East
- Curricular Planning Committee
Magnus T. Bernhardsson specializes in the modern Middle East, specifically the political and cultural history of Hashmite Iraq (1921-1958). After earning his B.A. degree in theology and political science at the University of Iceland, he came to the United States and completed a masters degree in religion from Yale Divinity School in 1992. After a year in Syria studying Arabic, he returned to Yale and finished a Ph.D in Middle Eastern History in 1999. Prior to coming to Williams in 2003, he taught at Hofstra University for four years. He is the author of several books and edited volumes including Reclaiming a Plundered Past. Archaeology and Nation Building in Modern Iraq (Texas, 2005). He is currently researching and writing a book called History be Dammed! which is about hydro-electric dams in the Middle East and how they have impacted and destroyed historical sites.
Mið-Austurlönd. Fortíð, nútíð, framtíð [In Icelandic. The Middle East. Past, Present, Future]. Published by Forlagið, Reykjavík, 2018.
Editor, with Abbas Amanat, U.S-Middle Eastern Historical Encounters. A Critical Survey (Gainesville: University of Florida Press, 2007).
Editor, with Hanna Ragnarsdottir and Elsa Jonsdottir, Fjölmenning á Íslandi [in Icelandic] (e. Multiculturalism in Iceland) (Reykjavik: University of Iceland Press, 2007).
Reclaiming a Plundered Past. Archaeology and Nation Building in Modern Iraq (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2005).
Píslarvottar Nútímans. Íslam í Írak og Íran [in Icelandic] (e. Martyrs of Modernity. Islam in Iraq and Iran) (Reykjavik: Mál og Menning, 2005).
Editor, with Abbas Amanat, Imagining the End. Visions of Apocalypse from the Ancient Middle East to North America (London: I.B. Tauris, 2001).
Modern Middle Eastern history, Modern Iraq, Nationalism, US-Iraqi relations, History of Archaeology.
Ian Concannon ’19 – Williamstown and the Peacock Family Throne: Constructing Meaning from the Exile of the Iranian Royal Family
(with Karen Merrill)
Phoebe Hall ’16 – Representations of Workers on the Aswan High Dam Project
Alexandra Oviedo ’14 – Creating Kings: Gertrude Bells’ Evolving Views of Arab Political Aspirations and the Creation of Iraq
Nicholas Tyson ’14 – Atatük and the Turkish Language Reforms: One Man’s Vision and the Future of a Nation
Galen Jackson ’09 – Militarized Democracy: The American Reactions to the Coups in Turkey
Si-Hyun Woo ’09 (with Eric Goldberg) – Scripture and Tradition: A Rappprochement of the Reformations
Jimmy Bierman ’08 – Interventions: Lebanon 1958-1982
Karl Naden ’06 – Securing the American Stake in Iraqi Oil. The Open Door Policy in American Foreign Oil Policy, 1922-1931
Zachary Ulman ’06 – What Kind of Israel Do We Want? Israel’s Existential Crisis and Battle Over Rabins Legacy
Marissa Doran ’05 – Pulling Teeth. Energy and Crisis in the Carter Era 1976-1981
Sarah Whitton ’05 – Fighting the Dead Hands of Sarah. Premillennialists, Arabs and Islam from Balfour to Babylon
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