Andrew Lakoff

  • 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
Office: (213) 740-7029

Expertise Summary

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


  • 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


  • Spanish
  • French

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)