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Andrew Lakoff

Associate Professor of Sociology

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 740-7029
Office: KAP 348 D

Curriculum Vitae
Research Cluster in Science, Technology and Society


B.A. History, University of California, Berkeley
Ph.D. Sociocultural Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley

Postdoctoral Training

NIH Postdoctoral Fellow in Medical Anthropology, Harvard University, 2000-2002  

Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

Tenure Track Appointments

Associate Professor of Anthropology, Sociology and Communication, University of Southern California, 2009-  
Associate Professor of Sociology and Science Studies, University of California, San Diego, 2006-2009  
Assistant Professor of Sociology and Science Studies, University of California, San Diego, 2002-2006  

Visiting and Temporary Appointments

Visiting Associate Professor, Harvard University, 2008-2009   

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

Andrew Lakoff holds a joint appointment in the Departments of Anthropology, Sociology and Communication. He was trained as an anthropologist of science and medicine, and has conducted research in Argentina, France and the United States. His areas of interest include globalization processes, the history of the human sciences, and the implications of biomedical innovations. Lakoff’s first book, Pharmaceutical Reason: Knowledge and Value in Global Psychiatry (Cambridge, 2005), examines the role of the global circulation of pharmaceuticals in the spread of biological models of human behavior. He has also co-edited a book entitled Global Pharmaceuticals: Ethics, Markets, Practice (Duke, 2006), and has published articles on visual technology and the behavioral sciences, on the history of attention deficit disorder, on antidepressants and the placebo effect, and on forms of expertise in global health. Lakoff’s current research concerns the recent articulation of public health and security, and his most recent book publications are the co-edited volume, Biosecurity Interventions: Global Health and Security in Question (Columbia University Press, 2008), and the edited volume Disaster and the Politics of Intervention (Columbia University Press, 2010).

Funded Research

Contracts and Grants Awarded

The Global Biopolitics of Security (National Science Foundation), Paul Rabinow, Andrew Lakoff, Stephen Collier, $288,000, 2006-2007  

Affiliations with Research Centers, Labs, and Other Institutions

Anthropology of the Contemporary Research Collaboratory (ARC), Codirector,
USC Research Cluster in Science, Technology and Society, Director,



Lakoff, Andrew (Ed.). (2010). Disaster and the Politics of Intervention. New York: Columbia University Press.
Lakoff, Andrew; Collier, Stephen J. (Ed.). (2008). Biosecurity Interventions: Global Health and Security in Question. New York: Columbia University Press.
Petryna, Adriana; Lakoff, Andrew; Kleinman, Arthur (Ed.). (2006). Global Pharmaceuticals: Ethics, Markets, Practices. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
Lakoff, A. (2005). Pharmaceutical Reason: Knowledge and Value in Global Psychiatry. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Book Chapter

Collier, S. J., Lakoff, A. (2010). Health, Security, and New Biological Threats: Reconfigurations of Expertise. IN: Handbook of Medical Sociology. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press.
Mallard, G., Lakoff, A. (2010). How Claims to Know the Future Are Used to Understand the Present: Techniques of Prospection in the Field of National Security. Social Knowledge in the Making University of Chicago Press.
Lakoff, A., Collier, S. J. (2010). Infrastructure and Event: The Political Technology of Preparedness. Political Matter: Technoscience, Democracy, and Pu University of Minnesota Press.
Collier, S. J., Lakoff, A. (2008). The Vulnerability of Vital Systems: How Critical Infrastructure Became a Security Problem. IN: The Politics of Securing the Homeland: Critical Infrastructure, Risk and Securitization. New York: Routledge.
Lakoff, A. (2007). The Right Patients for the Drug: Pharmaceutical Circuits and the Codification of Illness. IN: Handbook of Science and Technology Studies. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
Lakoff, A. (2005). The Private Life of Numbers: Database firms and the Government of Expertise in Argentina. IN: Global Assemblages: Technology, Politics and Ethics as Anthropological Problems. Oxford and Boston: Blackwell.


Lakoff, A. (2012). The Risks of Preparedness: Mutant Bird Flu. pp. 457-454. Public Culture.

Journal Article

Collier, S. J., Lakoff, A. (2014). "Vital Systems Security: Reflexive Biopolitics and the Government of Emergency". Theory, Culture and Society. Vol. 31
Lakoff, A. (2010). Two Regimes of Global Health. Humanity: An International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Development. Vol. 1 (1), pp. 59-79.
Lakoff, A., Klinenberg, E. (2010). Of Risk and Pork: Urban Security and the Politics of Calculation. Theory and Society. Vol. 39, pp. 503-525.
Lakoff, A. (2008). The Generic Biothreat, or, How We Became Unprepared. Cultural Anthropology. Vol. 23 (3)
Collier, S. J., Lakoff, A. (2008). Distributed Preparedness: The Spatial Logic of Domestic Security in the United States. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space. Vol. 26 (1)
Lakoff, A. (2007). Preparing for the Next Emergency. Public Culture. Vol. 19 (2)
Lakoff, A. (2007). The Right Patients for the Drug: Managing the Placebo Effect in Antidepressant Trials. BioSocieties. Vol. 2 (1)
Lakoff, A. (2005). The Simulation of Madness: Buenos Aires, 1903. Critical Inquiry. Vol. 31 (4)
Lakoff, A. (2005). Diagnostic Liquidity: Mental Illness and the Global Trade in DNA. Theory and Society. Vol. 34 (1)
Collier, S. J., Lakoff, A., Rabinow, P. (2004). Biosecurity: Proposal for an Anthropology of the Contemporary. Anthropology Today. Vol. 20 (5)
Lakoff, A., Collier, S. J. (2004). Ethics and the Anthropology of Modern Reason. Anthropological Theory. Vol. 4 (4)
Lakoff, A. (2004). The Anxieties of Globalization: Antidepressant Sales and Economic Crisis in Argentina. Social Studies of Science. Vol. 34 (2)
Lakoff, A. (2003). The Lacan Ward: Pharmacology and Subjectivity in Buenos Aires. Social Analysis. Vol. 47 (2)
Lakoff, A. (2000). Adaptive Will: The Evolution of Attention Deficit Disorder. Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences. Vol. 36 (2)
Lakoff, A. (1996). Freezing Time: Margaret Mead's Diagnostic Photography. Visual Anthropology. Vol. 12 (1)
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