Selected Essays  

“Five Faces of Fascism,” in Visualizing Fascism, eds. Geoff Eley and Julia Adeney Thomas, forthcoming.

“Il lungo Novecento del colonialismo italiano,” in Unità Multiple. Centocinquant’anni? Unità Italia?, eds. Giovanni De Sensi Sestito and Marta Petrusewicz (Soverio Manelli: Rubettino, 2015), pp.355-386.

“The Imperial Moment in Fascist Cinema,” Journal of Modern European History,vol.13, no.1 (2015): 59-78.

“Narrating War in Italian Fascist Cinema,” in M. Mondini – M. Rospocher (eds.), Narrating War. Perspectives from the XVI – XX centuries, (Berlin and Bologna: Duncker&Humblot / Il Mulino, 2013), pp.249-268.

“Preface,” in Robert Lumley, Entering The Frame. Cinema and History in the Films of Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi (Oxford and New York: Peter Lang, 2011). pp.xv-xix.

“Italian Fascism’s Empire Cinema: Kif tebbi, The Conquest of Libya, and the Assault on the Nomadic,” in Postcolonial Cinemas: History, Aesthetics, Epistemes, ed. Sandra Ponzanesi and Marguerite Waller (New York: Routledge, 2011), pp.20-31.

“Italian Film in the Aftermath of War and Dictatorship,” in Histories of the Aftermath: Postwar Europe in Comparative Perspective, eds. Frank Biess and Robert Moeller (New York: Berghahn, 2010), pp.156-174.

“Italy and its Colonies: Introduction,” in A Historical Companion to Postcolonial Literatures in Continental Europe and its Empires, eds. Prem Poddar, Lars Jensen, Rajeev Patke (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2008), pp.262-268.

“Un cinéma d’après-guerre : le néoréalisme italien et la transition démocratique,” Annales. Histoire, Sciences Sociales, vol.63, no.6 (novembre-décembre 2008): 1215-1248.

“Modernity is Just Over There: Colonialism and the Dilemmas of Italian National Identity,” Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, vol.8, no.3 (2006): 380-393.

“Unmaking the Fascist Man: Film, Masculinity, and the Transition from Dictatorship,” Journal of Modern Italian Studies, vol. 10, no.3 (fall 2005): 336-365.

“A Lesser Evil? Italian Fascism in/and the Totalitarian Equation,” in The Lesser Evil: Moral Approaches to Genocide Practices, eds. Helmut Dubiel and Gabriel Motzkin (New York and London: Routledge, 2004), pp.137-153.

“The Italian Colonial Cinema: Agendas and Audiences,” Modern Italy, vol.8, no.1 (May 2003), pp.49-64. Excerpted in Italian Colonialism, eds. Ben-Ghiat and Mia Fuller (New York: Palgrave, 2005), 179-191.

“Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany: The Dynamics of an Uneasy Relationship,” in Art, Culture, and the Media in the Third Reich ed. Richard Etlin (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2002), pp.257-286.

“The Secret Histories of Roberto Benigni’s Life is Beautiful,” The Yale Journal of Criticism, vol.14, no.1  (spring 2001):253-266. Revised for Jews in Italy under Fascist and Nazi Rule, ed. Joshua Zimmerman (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005), pp. 330-350.

“The Fascist War Trilogy,” in Roberto Rossellini: Magician of the Real, eds. David Forgacs, Sarah Lutton, and Geoffrey Nowell-Smith (London: BFI, 2000), pp.20-35.

“Envisioning Modernity: Desire and Discipline in the Italian Fascist Film,” Critical Inquiry (Autumn 1996):109-44.

“Italian Fascism and the Aesthetics of the `Third Way’,”  The Journal of Contemporary History (April 1996): 293-316. Excerpted in Ruth Ben-Ghiat, Emily Braun, George Mosse, A Estética do Fascismo, (Lisbon: Edições João Sá da Costa, 1999).

“Fascism, Writing, and Memory: The Realist Aesthetic in Italy, 1930-50,” The Journal of Modern History 67 (September 1995), pp.627-665. Excerpted as “Der Faschismus, das Schreiben und die Strategien der Erinnerung,” in Der Italienische Film zwischen Faschismus und Demokratie, ed. Petra Maier-Schoen (Munich, 1997), pp. 9-24.