Selected Essays  

“Five Faces of Fascism,” in Visualizing Fascism, eds. Geoff Eley and Julia Adeney Thomas (Durham: Duke University Press, 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.