Areas of Expertise & Civic Involvements
Lachmann studies the effects of elite power on U.S. democracy and on the ability of the American government to plan for the future and to mobilize the resources needed to sustain economic growth, social benefits, and military power. He also studies how increasingly vivid and detailed media reports of war deaths in the U.S. and Israel since the 1960s have reduced the willingness of the American and Israeli publics to support wars that create significant casualties for their own soldiers. Lachmann is active in the Concerned Faculty group at the University at Albany, which has organized teach-ins on the Iraq war, state budget cuts, and the current economic crisis. He has also advised a suburban school district near Albany on how development sprawl would affect their budget.
Lachmann has been interviewed for articles on U.S. politics and U.S. popular culture by numerous newspapers, magazines, and radio stations, particularly WAMC in Albany, NY.