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RuthBRuth 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 is a specialist on 20th century European history, with Italy a particular focus. She writes and lectures about war, including the relationship of war and cinema; on fascist regimes and their aftermaths; and on empires and their dissolution.

Her work reflects her dedication to interdisciplinary inquiry and desire to engage critically with received traditions of thinking. Her books and essays combine research in military and civilian archives with analyses of visual and literary sources, and engage critically with received traditions of thinking. She has received Guggenheim, Getty, Library of Congress, Collegio Carlo Alberto, NEH, and other fellowships.

Her latest book, Italian Fascism's Empire Cinema, (Indiana University Press, 2015), won the Modern Language Association's Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Best Unpublished Manuscript in Italian Studies. She is now working on Prisoners of War: Italians in French, German, and British Captivity, 1940-1950.

She enjoys writing and speaking to non-academic audiences, and regularly contributes to Cnn.com and The Huffingon Post . Her multimedia series "Legacies of World War I," ran on CNN.com/Opinion June-November 2014.

Her extensive administrative experience includes crisis management, global programs, department building, and fundraising.

She also consults on historical and cultural topics: clients include advertising agencies, and film and music production companies.

Follow her on Twitter @ruthbenghiat