Armando Lara-Millan

Armando Lara-Millan

Assistant Professor
482 Social Sciences Building
Curriculum Vitae
Research Interests
Law & Society, Economic Sociology, Organizations, Medical Sociology, Urban Ethnography, Comparative-Historical, and Science & Technology

Armando Lara-Millán is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at UC Berkeley. He earned his PhD in Sociology from Northwestern University in 2013. Before joining the Department of Sociology, he was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Postdoctoral Scholar in Health Policy Research. Professor Lara-Millán is an ethnographer and historical sociologist. He studies how powerful organizations shape the life fortunes of large numbers of people; examining the knowledge production such organizations undertake, how they generate truths and rationalize problems, and distribute resources. He has undertaken studies in a wide range of contexts, including law, medicine, criminal justice, economic pricing, and urban poverty governance. His work has appeared in the American Sociological ReviewCriminologyPunishment & SocietyQualitative Sociology, and a recent piece has been conditionally accepted by the American Journal of Sociology. His book “Redistributing the Poor: Jails, Hospitals, and the Crisis of Law and Fiscal Austerity” was published with Oxford University Press in 2021. He is also the recipient of awards from the National Science Foundation, Law and Society Association, the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, the Ford Foundation, the Society for the Study of Social Problems, and the American Sociological Association. In his spare time, he is an avid fan of the National Basketball Association, strength competitions, and lowriders.


Representative Publications

Redistributing the Poor: Jails, Hospitals, and the Crisis of Law and Fiscal Austerity (Oxford University Press, 2021)

Theorizing Financial Extraction: The Curious Case of Telephone Profits in the Los Angeles County Jails (Punishment & Society, 2020)

Theorizing with Archives: Contingency, Mistakes, and Plausible Alternatives (with Sunmin Kim, Brian Sargent)(Qualitative Sociology, 2020)

The Interorganizational Utility of Welfare Stigma in the Criminal Justice System (with Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve) (Criminology, 2017)

States as a Series of People Exchanges (in The Many Hands of the State, 2017)

Public Emergency Room Overcrowding in the Era of Mass Imprisonment (American Sociological Review, 2014)

In Progress:

The Administrative Disappearing of State Crisis: The Resolution of Prison Realignment in Los Angeles County (Conditionally accepted for publication in the American Journal of Sociology, 127(2))

American Healthcare Spending: Pricing Medical Technology and the Sociology of Enrichment (Under review at the American Sociological Review)

Between Promise and Reality: How Experts and Consumers Leverage Uncertainty in Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Health Testing (Under review at Social Studies of Science).