Ruth Ben-Ghiat

Professor of Italian Studies and History, Arts and Humanities

Affiliation: NYU New York


B.A. University of California, Los Angeles; Ph.D. Brandeis University

Ruth Ben-Ghiat is Professor of Italian Studies and History at New York University and an associate researcher at the Institut d'Histoire du Temps Présent. She writes and lectures on 20th century Europe, with a specialization in modern Italy; on empires; on World War I & II; on Fascist regimes, and on Italian cinema. She explores transitional moments in history and society - wars and empires and their aftermaths- and how these affect the relations of culture and politics. Her many books and essays reflect her dedication to interdisciplinary inquiry. They combine research in military and civilian archives with analyses of visual and literary sources, and engage critically with received traditions of thinking. Her work has been translated into several languages and supported by Guggenheim, Getty, Library of Congress, NEH, and other fellowships. Her latest book, Italian Fascism's Empire Cinema, will appear with Indiana University Press in January 2015. She is working on a new book, Prisoners of War: Italians in French, German, and British Captivity, 1940-1950. Chair of the George Louis Beer Prize in European International History given by the American Historical Association, she also sits on numerous editorial boards.

An active public speaker who also writes for non-academic audiences, she is creator and guest editor of "Legacies of World War I," a multimedia series running on throughout summer 2014. She also has extensive administrative experience, including crisis management, global programs, department building, and equity issues. She enjoys mentoring students and faculty and planning events that foster intellectual synergy. Her work with the Scholar Rescue Fund earned her a 2013 Award for Outstanding Service from the Institute of International Education.