Julia F. Lynch is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania, where she has taught since 2001. Her research concerns the politics of inequality, social policy, and the economy in comparative perspective, with a focus on the countries of Western Europe. She holds a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University
Lynch’s research agenda is centered on the politics of health in the advanced industrialized countries. She is currently writing a book on the politics of territorial health and health care inequalities in Europe. Another strand of research compares responses to inequalities in income, education and health care among elites and mass publics in the United States. Lynch is also working with a colleague at Penn’s medical school to research the links between home mortgage foreclosure and health.
Professor Lynch is the author of Age in the Welfare State: The Origins of Social Spending on Pensioners, Workers, and Children (Cambridge University Press, 2006), which was awarded the 2007 prize for the best book on European politics from the American Political Science Association. She is also a current recipient of a multi-year Investigator Award in Health Policy Research from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and a Senior Fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics at Penn.
Professor Lynch founded and co-directs the Penn-Temple European Studies Colloquium, and is active in Penn’s Italian Studies Program. In 2003-5 she was a scholar in the Robert Wood Johnson Scholars in Health Policy program at Harvard University, and has been a visiting researcher at the European University Institute in Italy (in 1993-4 and 1998-9) and the Luxembourg Income Study project (in 1995).
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