Ruth Ben-Ghiat is Professor of History and Italian Studies at New York University and a cultural critic who has been the recipient of Guggenheim, Fulbright, and other fellowships. She writes and speaks frequently on fascism, war, racism, authoritarian rulers, propaganda, and the politics of images. See The New Yorker feature on her work, her Atlantic essay on Trump and Mussolini, and her CNN.com profile and coverage of the 2016 election:
What happens to culture and free speech when Fascist regimes take hold? How do those regimes stay in power, and why are people attracted to strongmen? Fascist Modernities (2001, trans. La cultura fascista, 2004) answers these questions, as does her award-winning study of Fascist film propaganda in the years of the Axis alliance, Italian Fascism’s Empire Cinema (Indiana, 2015).
She’s a compelling keynote speaker for both academic and general audiences, in English and Italian (book her here), and provides digital content curation and historical consulting for advertising, film, and media companies. See her CNN.com 2014 multi-media series on the 100th anniversary of World War One.
Ben-Ghiat has extensive experience in academic administration, with expertise in globalization, program building, and community outreach. She chaired the NYU Italian Studies Department from 2005 to 2013, guiding it to become one of the top such departments in the world.
She sits on the Board of Directors of the World Policy Institute, and in 2013 received an Award for Outstanding Service for her work for the Scholar Rescue Fund of the Institute of International Education.
Follow her @ruthbenghiat.