Ruth Ben-Ghiat is Professor of History and Italian Studies at New York University and an associate researcher at the Institut d'Histoire du Temps Présent. She writes and lectures about European international and cultural history, with Italy a particular focus. The Work: Investigates disruptive and transitional moments, and why and how shifts in cultural and political climates happen. Extensive publications on wars, regimes, and empires and their aftermaths, and on the roles cinema and other realms of culture play during such times. Influence: Known for careful archival research, bold and original arguments, asking interesting questions, letting the sources speak, and bringing histories together that are normally kept apart. A dedicated mentor of students and colleagues. Awards: Guggenheim, Getty, Library of Congress, NEH, Collegio Carlo Alberto; Modern Language Association's Scaglione Prize for Best Unpublished Manuscript in Italian Studies for Italian Fascism's Empire Cinema (Indiana University Press, 2015), Current projects: Now writing Prisoners of War: Italians in French, German, and British Captivity, 1940-1950, for Princeton University Press. Media profile: Radio, TV, video, including Huffington Post Live. Regular contributor to Cnn.com/Opinion, for which she created and edited the multimedia series, "Legacies of World War I." Blogs on war and politics for The Huffington Post. Speaker Topics: Disruption & Evolution: Why Cultural Shifts Occur, Prisoners of War and Captives, World War II, Learning from Defeat, When Fellini Filmed for the Fascists, A Hidden History: Italian Colonialism; Interdisciplinary Work: How and Why; Blueprints for the Humanities. Administrative experience: crisis management, department and program building, globalization, and fundraising. Humanitarian assistance (2013 Outstanding Service Award from International Institute of Education for work with Scholar Rescue Fund). Consulting and Board Experience: works with advertising agencies, individuals, and film production companies on historical and cultural topics; advises universities, grant agencies and cultural institutions in US, UK, and Europe; sits on Board of Directors of the World Policy Institute.