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. Armando is fascinated by how powerful organizations, whose actions affect the life fortunes of large numbers of people, use language to reshape critical material resources; that is, he examines how these organizations use culture and cognitive processes to recast the economic worth of resources that many people depend on, purchase, or are subject too (e.g. jail and hospital space, crime, advanced medical technology, or even property value). This involves the use of ethnography and historical methods to understand how authorities, experts, and capitalists generate truths in order to overcome uncertainty and, in the process, how such knowledge production leads to the creation of resources or savings where none existed before. He has examined such processes in the context of urban poverty governance within large American urban jails and public hospitals, and is now turning his attention to the gigantic American healthcare system. His work has appeared in the American Sociological Review, Criminology, Punishmen
Lara-Millán, Armando. “American Healthcare Spending: Power, Language, and the Pricing of Advanced Medical Technology.”
Lara-Millán, Armando, Meghna Mukherjee, Margaret Eby, Skyler Wang, Maya Earle. "Between Promise and Reality: How Experts and Consumers Leverage Uncertainty in Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Health Testing."
Lara-Millán, Armando and Melissa Guzman-Garcia. "Failed Crime, Online Platforms, and the Reconstruction of the Urban Order in the Time of Covid."