Larry Au

Assistant Professor

Additional Departments/Affiliated Programs


Areas of Expertise/Research

  • China
  • Globalization
  • Long Covid
  • Medical Sociology
  • Precision Medicine
  • Science, Technology, and Society


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Larry Au


Larry Au is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at The City College of New York, CUNY. His research examines the dynamics of inclusion and exclusion in the production of biomedical knowledge, and asks how clinicians and scientists can better serve their patients and the public. Part of this work examines the globalization of precision medicine—or the use of genomics and other forms of big data to improve diagnosis and treatment—as a policy idea and scientific project, focusing primarily on its rise in China. Another part of this research looks at the politics of expertise around Long Covid, in particular, the experience of patients as they navigate uncertainties around their condition.

His work has been published in Sociological ForumQualitative SociologySocial Science & Medicine, SSM-Qualitative Research in HealthScience Technology & Human Values, Public Understanding of Science, and other venues. This research has been supported by the Luce/ACLS Program in China Studies, the Social Science Research Council, and other funders, and has received awards such as from the American Sociological Association. He is serving as an elected council member (2023-2025) of the American Sociological Association's Science, Knowledge, and Technology Section and a co-organizer (2023-2028) of the newly formed Network T: Health at the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics.


  • Ph.D. in Sociology, Columbia University, 2022
  • M.Sc. in Global Governance and Diplomacy, University of Oxford, 2015
  • M.A. in History and B.Sc. in Social Analysis and Research (with Honors and magna cum laude), Brown University, 2014

Courses Taught at CCNY

  • Methods and Techniques of Sociological Research (SOC 23200) [Fall 2022, Spring 2023, Fall 2023]
  • Illness Narratives and Patient Experiences (SOC 31166) [Spring 2024]
  • Medical Professions, Authority, and Activism (SOC 31975, cross-listed as INTL 31958) [Fall 2022]
  • Data Justice and Algorithmic Accountability (SOC 31182, cross-listed as ECO 31182) [Spring 2023]
  • Science, Technology, and Society (SOC 31920) [Fall 2023]


Peer Reviewed

  • Larry Au. 2023. “Ethical Choreography in China’s Human Gene Editing Controversy”. Science as Culture 32(4): 535-557.
  • Larry Au, Cristian Capotescu, Amanda Curi, Renan Gonçalves Leonel da Silva, and Gil Eyal. 2023. “Long Covid Requires a Global Response Centered on Equity and Dialogue”. Global Health Action 16(1): 2244757.
  • Larry Au, Cristian Capotescu, Gil Eyal, and Gabrielle Finestone. 2022. “Long Covid and Medical Gaslighting: Dismissal, Delayed Diagnosis, and Deferred Treatment”. SSM - Qualitative Research in Health 2: 100167.
    • Received the 2023 Star-Nelkin Paper Award from the American Sociological Association's Science, Knowledge, and Technology Section
  • Larry Au and Gil Eyal. 2022. “Whose Advice is Credible? Claiming Lay Expertise on a Covid-19 Online Community”. Qualitative Sociology 45(1): 31-62.
  • Larry Au, Zheng Fu, and Chuncheng Liu. 2022. “‘It’s (Not) Like the Flu’: Expert Narratives and the Covid-19 Pandemic in Mainland China, Hong Kong, and the United States”. Sociological Forum 37(3).
  • Renan Gonçalves Leonel da Silva and Larry Au. 2022. “The Blind Spots of Sociotechnical Imaginaries: Covid-19 Skepticism in Brazil, United Kingdom, and the United States”. Science, Technology and Society
  • Larry Au. 2022. “Testing the Talented Child: Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Talent Tests in China”. Public Understanding of Science 31(2): 195-210.
  • Larry Au. 2021. “Recent Scientific/Intellectual Movements in Biomedicine”. Social Science & Medicine 278: 113950.
  • Larry Au and Renan Gonçalves Leonel da Silva. 2021. “Globalizing the Scientific Bandwagon: Trajectories of Precision Medicine in Brazil and China”. Science, Technology, & Human Values 46(1): 192-225.
  • Larry Au. 2020. “Imagining the Public: Anticipatory Discourses in China’s Push for Precision Medicine”. BioSocieties.


  • Larry Au. 2023. “Book Review of On Expertise: Cultivating Character, Goodwill, and Practical Wisdom by Ashley Rose Mehlenbacher”. Contemporary Sociology 52(5): 465‑466.
  • Larry Au. 2023. “Expertise, translation, and pandemics”. International Sociology Reviews 38(2): 175-181.
  • Larry Au. 2023. “Book Review of Asian Scientists on the Move: Changing Science in a Changing Asia by Anju Mary Paul”. East Asian Science, Technology and Society 17(1): 114‐117.
  • Larry Au. 2023. “Book Review of The Elephant and the Dragon in Contemporary Life Sciences: A Call for Decolonising Global Governance by Joy Y. Zhang and Saheli Datta Burton”. The Journal of Development Studies 59(3): 452-453.
  • Larry Au. 2022. “Book Review of Mass Vaccination: Citizens’ Bodies and State Power in Modern China by Mary Augusta Brazelton”. Sociology of Health & Illness 44(1): 262-263.
  • Larry Au. 2021. “The board game Pandemic: Sociotechnical imaginaries of cooperation obscuring power relations”. Science as Culture 30(4): 598-602.