Professor Magnusson is the author of Water Technology in the Middle Ages: Cities, Monasteries, and Waterworks after the Roman Empire that draws on insights from environmental, technological, legal, social, and cultural history and makes use of French, German, Italian, and Latin sources. She is now at work exploring the origins and development of public services in medieval English cities and how such services--street-paving, sanitation, bridge building and repair, fire protection shaped medieval government and culture. Professor Magnusson is an award-winning instructor who just received The Regents Award for Superior Teaching and has served as the History Department's Director of Undergraduate Studies. She regularly offers courses on medieval history including a popular course on the Crusades and another on women in the medieval age. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.