Eyal Ben-Ari (Hebrew: אייל בן ארי; born 1953) was a professor of anthropology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI). His research interests include Japan as well as the Israeli Defence Forces. He served as the head of the university's Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace until January 2007, and also taught the Introduction to Anthropology course, making him well-known to students.
Ben-Ari studied sociology and sociology at HUJI, graduating with a B.A. in 1978 and an M.A. in 1980. He received his PhD from the University of Cambridge in 1984 in Social Anthropology, after which he returned to HUJI as a lecturer (1985–1990), senior lecturer (1990–1994), associate professor (1994–1998), and full professor. He has also served as a visiting professor or research fellow at the University of Wisconsin–Madison's Department of Anthropology and School of Business (1992), the National University of Singapore's Department of Japanese Studies (1992–1994 and 2001–2002), Sophia University's Faculty of Comparative Culture, Waseda University's Asia-Pacific Research Institute, and Kyoto University's Institute for Research in the Humanities (2005–2006). In 2008, a master's dissertation which he supervised became an object of public controversy due to its thesis that the refusal of Israeli soldiers to rape Arab women was a form of racism; Ben-Ari, co-supervisor Edna Lomsky-Feder, and Zali Gurevitch defended the thesis in media comments.
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