Eli Bentor is an art historian specializing in the study of African art and performance. He received his MA and PhD from Indiana University and his BA from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His research focuses on the study of masquerade performances in Southeastern Nigeria. He has published articles in journals such as African Arts and The Journal of Religion in Africa. In 2008-9 Eli was awarded a senior fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution and awarded the Cristián Samper Outstanding Fellow Award from the Smithsonian Institution
He is currently working on a book on the history of the Aro Ikeji festival. He has curated exhibitions based on his research on African textiles and performance. Dr. Bentor teaches courses on traditional and contemporary art in Africa, masks and masquerade performances, and more.