Julia Lynch

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Associate Professor, Political Science


Ph.D., Political Science, University of California, Berkeley, 2002

I am a Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania. I hold a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley and a BA from Harvard University.  My research focuses on the politics of inequality, public health, and social policy in the rich democracies, particularly the countries of western Europe. I have special interests in comparative health policy and the politics of health inequalities; comparative political economy of western Europe; southern European politics; and the politics of aging.

At Penn, I am co-director of the Lauder Institute and of the Penn-Temple European Studies Colloquium. I am on the advisory boards of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, the Italian Studies Program, and the Bioethics minor, and faculty director of the European Studies minor.  I currently sit on the Executive Committee of the faculty senate, and chair the Senate Committee on Academic Freedom and Responsibility.

I edit Socio-Economic Review, a multi-disciplinary journal focusing on analytical, political and moral questions arising at the intersection of economy and society, and serve on the editorial boards of Perspectives in Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Polity, Journal of European Social Policy, and Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law. In the wider world, I am an expert advisor to the World Health Organization’s European regional office, past chair of the Health Politics and Policy section of the American Political Science Association, and past treasurer of the Council for European Studies.

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