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Diego Gambetta

Emeritus Fellow

Research Interests : Analytical Sociology, Mafias, Signalling Theory and Applications, Trust and Mimicry, Violent Extremists.

Diego Gambetta has been at the University of Oxford since 1992, as Reader in Sociology and Fellow of All Souls College, and, since 2003, as an Official Fellow of Nuffield College. In 2012 he went on a 5-year leave to take up a Chair of Social Theory at the European University Institute in Florence. He has a PhD in social and political sciences from the University of Cambridge, and was Research Fellow at King's College, Cambridge from 1984 to 1991.

He has been visiting professor at the University of Chicago, Columbia University, EHT Zurich, Science Po and Collège de France in Paris, and Stanford University.

Past appointments

Research Fellow King's College University of Cambridge (1984 - 1991)

Fellow St Anne's College University of Oxford (1991 - 1995)

Lecturer in Sociology University of Oxford (1992 - 1995)

>Reader in Sociology University of Oxford (1995 - )

Fellow All Souls College University of Oxford (1995 - )

Professor of Sociology and Official Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford Corpus Christi College University of Oxford (2002 - )


Engineers of Jihad. The curious connection between education and violent extremism. Princeton University Press (with Steffen Hertog), 2016

Codes of the underworld. How criminals communicate. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2009, 2011

Streetwise. How taxi drivers establish customers’ trustworthiness. New York: Russell Sage Foundation (with Heather Hamill), 2005

Trust in signs, 2001

The Sicilian Mafia. The business of private protection, 1993

Were they pushed or did they jump? Individual decision mechanisms in education, 1987