Ruth Ben-Ghiat

Ruth Ben-Ghiat is an American historian and cultural critic. She is a scholar on fascism and authoritarian leaders.[1]


Born in the US to an Israel-born Sephardi father and a Scottish mother, she grew up in Pacific Palisades, California.[2][3] She graduated in History at UCLA and obtained a PhD in comparative history at Brandeis University. A member of the American Historical Association since 1990,[4] she is Professor of History and Italian Studies at New York University. She regularly writes for, The Atlantic and The Huffington Post.[5]


Authored books
  • Ben-Ghiat, Ruth (2001). Fascist Modernities: Italy, 1922–1945. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press.[6]
  • Ben-Ghiat, Ruth (2015). Italian Fascism’s Empire Cinema. Bloomington, IN: University of Indiana Press.[7]


  1. Kwong, Matt (5 June 2018). "Trump muses about pardoning himself. Experts on authoritarianism are horrified". CBC.
  2. Alexander, Neta (2 April 2017). "The Mistake People Make Regarding Trump's Middle-of-the-night Tweets". Haaretz.
  3. Blitzer, Jonathan (November 4, 2016). "A Scholar of Fascism Sees a Lot That's Familiar with Trump". The New Yorker.
  4. Keough, Matthew (13 August 2014). "AHA Member Spotlight: Ruth Ben-Ghiat".
  5. DeVega, Chauncey (12 June 2017). "Ruth Ben-Ghiat on how Trump is already using "fascist tactics"". Salon.
  6. Zamponi, Simonetta Falasca (2002). "Ruth Ben Ghiat. Fascist Modernities: Italy, 1922–1945. (Studies on the History of Society and culture, number 42.) Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press. 2001. Pp. x, 317. $45.00". The American Historical Review. 107 (2): 653–654. doi:10.1086/ahr/107.2.653.
  7. Landy, Marcia (2016). "Italian Fascism's Empire Cinema, by Ruth Ben-Ghiat". Quarterly Review of Film and Video. 33 (2): 176–180. doi:10.1080/10509208.2015.1109579.
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