Short CV/Education and training

  • 1994
    BA (Hons) Anthropology, First, Cambridge University

  • 1995
    MPhil, Anthropology, Distinction, Cambridge University

Selected publications

  • Books:

  • Cassidy, Rebecca 2013: The Cambridge Companion to Horseracing, Cambridge University Press.

  • Cassidy, Rebecca (2007): Horse people: thoroughbred culture in Lexington and Newmarket, Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

  • Mullin, Molly and Rebecca Cassidy (2007): Where the wild things are now, Oxford: Berg Press.

  • Cassidy, Rebecca (2002): The Sport of Kings: kinship, class and thoroughbred breeding in Newmarket, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

  • Articles in refereed journals:

  • Cassidy, Rebecca (2012): 'Horse versus Machine: battles in the betting shop'. Journal of the Royal Anthropology Institute 18(2).

  • Cassidy, Rebecca (2010): Gambling as exchange: horserace betting in London. International Gambling Studies 10(2): 139 – 149.

  • Cassidy, Rebecca (2009): 'Casino capitalism and the financial crisis', Anthropology Today, Volume 25, Number 4, pp. 10-13, August 2009.

  • Cassidy, Rebecca (2009): 'An anthropologist in the bookies' Newsletter of the Society for the Study of Gambling number, 43, Spring 2009.

  • Cassidy, Rebecca (2008) "Bon sang ne saurait mentir : reproduction d'hommes et de chevaux à Newmarket" in special issue on "Anthropology at Home in Britain" in Ethnologie Française, edited by Sharon MacDonald, Jeanette Edwards and Sophie Chevalier, 2007/2.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • I'm currently working on a project about gambling in Europe funded by the European Research Council (GAMSOC). I head up a team of four researchers, and we are interested in how gambling in Europe might be studied in a way that preserves its cultural and historical variation. We have four case studies, intended to encourage us to study gambling across boundaries of various kinds: national, economic and conceptual. Claire Loussouarn is studying spread betting. Julie Scott works on domestic and commercial gambling in Cyprus. Andrea Pisac is studying casino gamblers and their families in Slovenia. I focus on the remote gambling industry. More information about GAMSOC can be found here:

Additional qualifications


  • British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1999 – 2001

  • Learning Enhancement Fellow, Goldsmiths, University of London, 2008 – 2009


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