Ruth Ben-Ghiat is Chair of the Department of Italian Studies, and Professor of Italian Studies and History at NYU. She writes, teaches, and lectures on modern European and Italian cultural and political history, Italian film and visual culture, Italian Fascism, and Italian colonialism and its postcolonial legacies. As a scholar, mentor, and organizer of events, she is dedicated to interdisciplinary inquiry.
Along with her numerous book chapters and articles, she is the author or editor of four books: Fascist Modernities: Italy 1922-45 (Berkeley, 2001, 2004; Italian translation: La cultura fascista. Bologna: Mulino, 2000, 2004); Gli imperi: dall’antichità all’età contemporanea (edited, Mulino, 2009); Italian Colonialism (edited with Mia Fuller, New York, 2005, 2008); and Fascism’s Empire Cinema: Histories and Journeys of Italian Conquest and Defeat (to be published by Indiana University Press). Her current book project is Italian Prisoners of War and the Transition from Dictatorship (under contract from Princeton University Press). The 2011-2012 Fellow in Italian Studies at the Collegio Carlo Alberto, she is the recipient of Guggenheim, Fulbright, NEH, Mellon, and other fellowships and has been a Professeur invité at the Ecole Normale Supérieure.