Born in the US to an Israel-born Sephardi father and a Scottish mother, she grew up in Pacific Palisades, California. 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, she is Professor of History and Italian Studies at New York University. She regularly writes for cnn.com, The Atlantic and The Huffington Post.
- Authored books
- Ben-Ghiat, Ruth (2001). Fascist Modernities: Italy, 1922–1945. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press.
- Ben-Ghiat, Ruth (2015). Italian Fascism’s Empire Cinema. Bloomington, IN: University of Indiana Press.
- Kwong, Matt (5 June 2018). "Trump muses about pardoning himself. Experts on authoritarianism are horrified". CBC.
- Alexander, Neta (2 April 2017). "The Mistake People Make Regarding Trump's Middle-of-the-night Tweets". Haaretz.
- Blitzer, Jonathan (November 4, 2016). "A Scholar of Fascism Sees a Lot That's Familiar with Trump". The New Yorker.
- Keough, Matthew (13 August 2014). "AHA Member Spotlight: Ruth Ben-Ghiat".
- DeVega, Chauncey (12 June 2017). "Ruth Ben-Ghiat on how Trump is already using "fascist tactics"". Salon.
- 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.
- 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.