Andrew Lakoff

Expert on the politics of disaster response, security, global health, mental illness and the pharmaceutical industry

Associate Professor of Sociology, Anthropology and Communication

Director, Research Cluster in Science, Technology and Society

USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism


  • politics of disaster response
  • infrastructure vulnerability
  • urban security
  • biological threats
  • preparing for and government response to natural and man-made disasters, including earthquakes, wildfires, oil spills, terrorist attacks, hurricanes and tsunamis
  • public health preparedness
  • global pharmaceuticals industry
  • psychiatry and psycho-pharmaceuticals
  • history of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
  • societal implications of new developments in the life sciences and biotechnology

Additional Information

  • Author, Disaster and the Politics of Intervention (2010)
  • Co-author, Biosecurity Interventions: Global Health and Security in Question (2008)
  • Co-author, Global Pharmaceuticals: Ethics, Markets, Practices (2006)
  • Author, Pharmaceutical Reason: Knowledge and Value in Global Psychiatry (2005)


  • Spanish
  • French


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