Diego Armus teaches courses on Latin American history with an emphasis on urban and socio-cultural issues. Armus' current research centers on the history of smoking in modern Buenos Aires.
His most recent book is The Ailing City. Health, Tuberculosis and Culture in Buenos Aires, 1870-1950 (Duke University Press, 2011) with a 2007 Spanish version and a forthcoming Italian version. He has also written or edited Avatares de la Medicalización en América Latina (Buenos Aires: 2005); Cuidar, Controlar, Curar. Estudos de História da Saúde e da Doença na América Latina e Caribe (Rio de Janeiro: 2004); Disease in the History of Modern Latin America. From Malaria to AIDS (Duke University Press, 2003); Entre Médicos y Curanderos. Cultura, Historia y Enfermedad en la América Latina Moderna (Buenos Aires: 2002); Mundo Urbano y Cultura Popular. Estudios de Historia Social Argentina (Buenos Aires: 1990); Manual del Emigrante Italiano (Buenos Aires: 1984.) His essay on green spaces in early 20th century Buenos Aires received the 1995 La Nación International Award.
Armus has been a visiting scholar at Harvard University, Columbia University and New York University and at the Ibero-American Institute in Berlin as well as the Institute for Social History in Amsterdam. Before coming to the United States from Argentina, he was a researcher at the Center for Urban and Regional Studies in Buenos Aires and the National Research Council. As an invited visiting professor, he has taught graduate seminars in Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Brazil, Puerto Rico, and Colombia. In 2012 he received the R.A.I.C.E.S Award from the Sciences' Ministry of Argentina.
He coordinated the Swarthmore in Buenos Aires program until 2015.