Gadi Algazi studied history, Islamic history and civilization, and French literature in Tel Aviv and Göttingen. He obtained his PhD in 1992. Gadi was a Visiting Scholar at MPIWG, a Research Fellow at Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin, and is currently a professor at Tel Aviv University in the Department of History. In addition, he is an associate Research Fellow at the international research center Work and Human Life Cycle in Global History at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. He is also member of the editorial boards of Past & Present and Historische Anthropologie, and previously served as senior editor of the journal History & Memory (2001–2012).
As a Visiting Scholar at MPIWG, Gadi is working on his book on the making of the scholarly way of life, 1470–1630. His research interests include late medieval and early modern social and cultural history, with a focus on historical anthropology and gender history; he is particularly interested in the history and theory of the social sciences, settler colonialism, and frontier societies.