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Prof Diego Gambetta
Role : Professor of Sociology and Official Fellow, currently on leave at EUI, Florence
Job Title : Official Fellow
Academic Group : Sociology
College Group : Sociology
Research Interests : Analytical Sociology, Mafias, Signalling Theory and Applications, Trust and Mimicry, Violent Extremists.
Nuffield College
New Road
Oxford, OX1 1NF
United Kingdom


Biographical Sketch


Research Interests

​Analytical Sociology, Mafias, Signalling Theory and Applications, Trust and Mimicry, Violent Extremists

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Research Resources

Publications and Papers

2016. Engineers of Jihad. The curious connection between education and violent extremism. Princeton University Press, forthcoming in February (with Steffen Hertog)
2009. Codes of the underworld. How criminals communicate. Princeton: Princeton University Press
            2011, 亚哥·贝塔,解码黑社会,北京:华夏出版社 (Decoding Triad),
Beijing: Huaxia Publishing House, Chinese edition
2011, Коды криминального мира: Как общаются между собой преступники. Чебоксары: Издательство Перфектум, Cheboksary: Izdatelstvo Perfectum, Russian edition
2011 Paperback edition: Princeton University Press
2014 La Pègre Déchiffrée – Signes et stratégies de la communication criminelle, Geneva: Markus Haller, French edition
2005. Streetwise. How taxi drivers establish customers’ trustworthiness. New York: Russell Sage Foundation (with Heather Hamill)
1993. The Sicilian mafia. The business of private protection. Harvard University Press
1992, 1994, Italian editions: Torino: Einaudi
1994. German edition: Munich: DTV
1996. Paperback edition, Harvard University Press
2007. Spanish edition: Fondo de Cultura Econòmica
2009. Polish Edition: Oficyna Naukowa
1987. Were they pushed or did they jump? Individual decision mechanisms in education. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
1990. Italian edition: Bologna: Il Mulino
1996 American Paperback edition, Denver: Westview Press
2009. Cambridge University Press paperback edition
Edited books:
2005.  Making sense of suicide missions. Oxford: Oxford University Press
2006. Paperback edition
2009. Spanish edition: Fondo de Cultura Econòmica
1988.  Trust. Making and breaking cooperative relations. Oxford: Basil Blackwell
1989a. Italian edition: Le strategie della fiducia. Torino: Einaudi
Journal Articles:
2015. “Amoral Familism, Social Capital, or Trust? The Behavioural Foundations of the Italian North-South Divide”. The Economic Journal, forthcoming. (With Maria Bigoni, Stefania Bortolotti, Marco Casari, and Francesca Pancotto)
2014a. “Signs and (counter)signals of trustworthiness”. Journal of economic behavior and organisation, 2014, Vol. 106, pp. 281-297 (with Aron Szekely)
2014b. “Natural and strategic generosity as a signal of trustworthiness”. PLoS ONE 9(5): e97533. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0097533 (With Wojtel Przepiorka)
2014c. “Thick as thieves: homophily and trust among deviants”, Rationality & Society, 26 (1), 3-45 (with Jennifer Flashman)
2013. “It takes two to cheat: an experiment on derived trust”, European Economic Review, vol. 64, November, pp. 129-146 (with Maria Bigoni, Stefania Bortolotti, Marco Casari)
2012. “The LL-game. The curious preference for low quality and its norms”, Politics, Philosophy and Economics, (with Gloria Origgi), Vol. 12, No. 1, pp. 3-23

2010. “Do strong family ties inhibit trust?”, Journal of Economic Behaviour and Organisation, 75, 3, 365-376 (with John Ermisch)

2009. “Measuring People’s Trust”, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, 172 (2009), part 4, 749-769 (with John Ermisch et al.)

Chapters in books:
2009. “Signaling”, in P. Hedström and P. Bearman (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Analytical Sociology, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 168-194
2006. “Epilogue to the paperback edition”. In Gambetta (ed.), Making sense of suicide missions, paperback edition, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 301-333
2005. “Can we make sense of suicide missions?” In Gambetta (ed.), Making sense of suicide missions. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 259-299
2005. “Deceptive mimicry in humans”. In S. Hurley and N. Chater (eds.), Perspective on Imitation: From Cognitive Neuroscience to Social Science, Cambridge: MIT Press, vol II, pp. 221-241
2002. “Corruption: An Analytical Map”. In S. Kotkin and A. Sajo (eds.), Political Corruption of Transition: A Sceptic’s Handbook, Budapest: Central European University Press, pp. 33-56
2004 Reprinted in W. Jordan and E. Kreike (eds.), Corrupt histories. University of Rochester Press, pp.3-28
2001. “Trust as type identification”. In C. Castelfranchi and Yao-Hua Tan, Trust and Deception in Virtual Societies. Dordrecht: Kluwer Publishers, pp. 1-26 (with Michael Bacharach)
2001. “Trust in signs”. In K. Cook (ed.) Trust and Society, New York: Russell Sage Foundation, pp.148-184 (with Michael Bacharach)
1998. “Claro!’ An essay on discursive machismo”. In J.Elster (ed.), Deliberative Democracy, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 19-43
2001. Spanish translation, in J.Elster (ed.) Democracia Deliberativa. Barcelona: Editorial Gedisa
1998. “Concatenations of mechanisms”. In P.Hedstrοm and R. Swedberg (eds.), Social mechanisms. An analytical approach to social theory, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 102-24

Doctoral Students

Former:  Yiu Chu Kong, Federico VareseHeather HamillTeela Sanders, Declan HillMarina Tzvetkova, Mark Starbuck, Pavan Mamidi, Aron Szekely
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