Ruth Ben-Ghiat is Professor of Italian Studies and History at New York University. She writes and lectures on 20th century Europe, with a specialization in modern Italy; on empires, with Italian colonialism a particular focus; 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 five books and twenty-five articles and book chapters 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. She has been a visiting professor at the École Normale Supérieure and is an associate researcher at the Institut d'Histoire du Temps Présent. 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, and on Italian Mobilities (edited with Stephanie Malia Hom), which is under contract with Routledge. Chair of the George Louis Beer Prize in European International History given by the American Historical Association, she also sits on numerous editorial boards and serves as a consultant for historical documentaries. She is creator and guest editor of "World War I," a multimedia series running on CNN.com Opinion throughout June and July 2014. Follow it on Twitter @ruthbenghiat She also has extensive administrative experience, including crisis management and department building. She enjoys mentoring students and planning events that foster intellectual synergy. She received a 2013 Award for Outstanding Service from the Institute of International Education for her work with the Scholar Rescue Fund.