Historian, educator, commentator

Ruth writes about: Foreign Affairs, Politics, Society

Ruth Ben-Ghiat is a historian who writes about authoritarianism, democracy protection, and propaganda. She is a professor of history and Italian studies at New York University, the recipient of Guggenheim and other fellowships, and an advisor to Protect Democracy. She is an MSNBC opinion columnist, a regular contributor to CNN and The Washington Post, and provides live commentary on CNN, MSNBC, and other networks. She publishes Lucid, a newsletter on threats to democracy. Her latest book, Strongmen: Mussolini to the Present (2020, paperback with new epilogue on Jan. 6, 2021), looks at how illiberal leaders use propaganda, corruption, violence, and machismo—and how they can be defeated.

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