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    Stills from Italian Fascism's Empire Cinema, Indiana University Press, 2015

RBG 2015Ruth 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.

Work: 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.

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Getty, Library of Congress, NEH, Collegio Carlo Alberto; Modern Language Association's Scaglione Prize for Best Unpublished Manuscript in Italian Studies for Italian Fascism's Empire Cinema (Indiana University Press, 2015),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. Regular contributor to Cnn.com, 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: Prisoners of War; Italy in WW2; Neorealism; When Fellini Filmed for the Fascists; Italian Colonialism, A Hidden History; Interdisciplinary Work: How and Why.

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. Follow her on Twitter @ruthbenghiat.