Ruth Ben-Ghiat is Professor of History and Italian Studies at New York University. She writes on authoritarian leaders, fascism, and propaganda. A regular contributor to CNN and other news and analysis sites, she appears frequently on radio, podcasts, and television and is quoted in news stories around the world on threats to democracy and how to counter them. Her latest book, Strongmen: From Mussolini to the Present, will be published by W.W. Norton & Company in March 2021.

Ruth Ben-Ghiat
Strongmen

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UPCOMING BOOK
Strongmen: From Mussolini to the Present

Ours is the age of the strongman, of heads of state who damage or destroy democracy use masculinity as a tool of political legitimacy, and promise law and order rule  - and then legitimize lawless behavior by financial, sexual, and other predators. Covering a century of tyranny, this book examines how authoritarians use propaganda, virility, corruption, and violence to stay in power, and how they can be opposed.

Forthcoming from W.W. Norton & Company in March 2021

Interviews & Appearances

CNN Don Lemon Interview 10-2-2019
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Don Lemon CNN Tonight Interview

ABC News - Trump escales immigration rhetoric
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ABC News Briefing Room Interview

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All in with Chris Hayes, MSNBC

FEATURED ESSAY

coronavirus in the world

COVID-19 Tempts Would-Be Authoritarians

Foreign Affairs, May 5, 2020

The novel coronavirus pandemic poses a stress test for societies – wrenching people out of ordinary routines and exposing them to death and dislocation, bringing forth acts of solidarity and courage as well as scapegoating.

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Featured Essay

coronavirus in the world

COVID-19 Tempts Would-Be Authoritarians

Foreign Affairs, May 5, 2020

The novel coronavirus pandemic poses a stress test for societies – wrenching people out of ordinary routines and exposing them to death and dislocation, bringing forth acts of solidarity and courage as well as scapegoating.

Read More

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • PEN World Voices Festival: Journalists as Hate Object: Populism, Authoritarianism and the Free Press,” June 8, 2020,5-6:30EST. Livestream panel with Jay Rosen, Jason Stanley, and Klaus Brinkbäumer.
  • Due to Covid-19, all in-person conference and speaking events have been cancelled or postponed.

ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Upcoming Events

  • PEN World Voices Festival: Journalists as Hate Object: Populism, Authoritarianism and the Free Press,” June 8, 2020,5-6:30EST. Livestream panel with Jay Rosen, Jason Stanley, and Klaus Brinkbäumer.
  • Due to Covid-19, all in-person conference and speaking events have been cancelled or postponed.

On Social Media

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