Gil-li Vardi was a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and a former member of the Working Group on the Role of Military History in Contemporary Conflict. She is a lecturer in Stanford University’s history department, and a visiting scholar at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford. She teaches Introduction to Military History and seminars examining the First and Second World Wars. Her research examines the interplay among organizational culture, doctrine, and operational patterns in military organizations, focusing on the incentives and dynamics of change in military thought and practice.
Her articles were published in War in History and the Journal for Strategic Studies. Driven by her interest in both the German and Israeli militaries and their organizational cultures, Vardi is currently revising her dissertation, "The Enigma of Wehrmacht Operational Doctrine: The Evolution of Military Thought in Germany, 1919–1941," in addition to preparing a manuscript on the sources of the Israeli Defence Forces’ early strategic and operational perceptions and preferences.
She completed her PhD at the London School of Economics in 2008 and spent two years as a research fellow at the Oxford Leverhulme Programme on the Changing Character of War at the University of Oxford, after which she joined Notre Dame University as a J. P. Moran Family Assistant Professor of Military History.