Julia Lynch

Associate Professor
3440 Market St, Suite 300
Office Hours By Appointment

Julia 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 and the United States. 

Research Interests: 

My research agenda is centered on the politics of inequality in the democracies. I am currently working on:

  1. A book on the politics of health inequalities in Europe, under contract with Cambridge University Press
  2. Responses to inequalities in income, education and health care among elites and mass publics in the U.S.
  3. Public attitudes towards stratification in access to health care services in the U.S.
  4. The link between health and mortgage foreclosure in the United States
Selected Publications: 

Recent non-academic writing and press coverage

Latest public health problem: Foreclosures.” Marketplace radio broadcast, (June 22, 2012).

The Failure of the Euro?” Conversation with Mark Blyth.  Watson Institute (April 2012). 

Foreclosures Are Killing Us.” Op-ed, The New York Times (Oct 2, 2011). 

Moral arguments are Persuasive in Political Discussions about Health Care Reform, RWJF Alumni Find.” Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Connection (2011).

Health Concerns at Mortgage Counseling Sessions: Results from a Nationwide Survey.”  Issue Brief, Foreclosure-Response.org (2011).

And Health Care for All? Political Scientist Examines American Attitudes Toward Inequalities in Health and Health Care.” Penn Arts and Sciences (Spring/Summer 2010)

Foreclosure and Health Status.”  Issue Brief, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics 15:2 (January/February 2010).

Work in progress

Lynch J. “Aligning Research Goals and Sampling Procedures in Interview Research.” Chapter 2 in Mosley L, ed. Interview Research in Political Science [forthcoming, Cornell University Press]

Lynch J and Rigby E. “Who Cares if the Bucket Leaks? Sensitivity to Efficiency Losses among Supporters and Opponents of Redistribution”

Cammett M, Lynch J, and Bilev G. “Does Non-State Provision of Social Services Promote or Undermine Citizen Trust in Government?  The Case of Health Care in Europe”


Age in the Welfare State: The Origins of Social Spending on Pensioners, Workers and Children. (2006) Cambridge University Press.

Journal articles and book chapters

Gollust S and Lynch J. (2011) “Who Deserves Health Care? The Effects of Causal Attributions and Group Cues on Public Attitudes about Responsibility for Health Care Costs.” Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law 36:6, pp. 1061-95.

Pollack C, Kurd S, Livshits A, Weiner M, and Lynch J. (2011) “A Case-Control Study of Home Foreclosure, Health Conditions, and Health Care Utilization.” Journal of Urban Health 88:3, pp. 469-78.

Lynch J and Gollust S. (2010) “Playing Fair: Fairness Beliefs and Health Policy Preferences in the United States.” Journal of Health Policy, Politics and Law 35:6, pp. 849-87.

Pollack C, Lynch J, and Griffin BA. (2010)  “Housing Affordability and Health among Homeowners and Renters.” American Journal of Preventive Medicine 29:6, pp. 515-21.

Hinrichs K and Lynch J. (2010) “Old-Age Pensions.” In The Oxford Handbook of the Welfare State, ed. Obinger H, Pierson C, Castles F, Liebfried S and Lewis J. Oxford University Press.

Lynch J. (2009) “Italy: A Catholic or Clientelist Welfare State?” In Religion, Class Coalitions and Welfare States, ed. Kersbergen K van and Manow P. Cambridge University Press, pp. 91-118.

Lynch J and Myrskyla M. (2009) “Always the Third Rail?  Pension Income and Policy Preferences in European Democracies.” Comparative Political Studies 42:8, pp. 1068-97.

Falleti T and Lynch J. (2009) “Context and Causal Mechanisms in Political Analysis.” Comparative Political Studies 42:9, pp. 1143-66.

Iwashyna TJ and Lynch J. (2009) “Seduction and Insight from Cross-National Comparisons.” American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine 180:9, pp.799-800.

Pollack C and Lynch J. (2009) “The Health Status of People Undergoing Foreclosure in the Philadelphia Region.” American Journal of Public Health 99:10, pp. 1833-39.       

Anderson K and Lynch J. (2007) “Reconsidering Seniority Bias: Ageing, Internal Institutions, and Union Support for Pension Reform.” Comparative Politics 39:2, pp. 189-208.

Lynch J. (2005) “Can One Country Be Better Than Two for Comparative Politics?” Italian Politics and Society 60 (Spring 2005), pp. 8-10.

Lynch J. (2004) “Tracking Progress While in the Field.” [Contribution to the Symposium on Field Research.] Qualitative Methods 2:1 (Spring 2004), pp 10-15.

Lynch J. (2001) “The Age-Orientation of Social Policy Regimes in OECD Countries,” Journal of Social Policy 30:3, pp. 411-36 

Courses Taught: 

I teach the following undergraduate and graduate classes on a regular basis:


  • Qualitative Methods and Research Design (PSCI 696)
  • Comparative Politics of the Welfare State (PSCI 414)
  • The Politics of Western Europe (PSCI 218 and PSCI 518)
  • Italian Politics (PSCI 010)
  • Introduction to Comparative Politics (PSCI 110)


Beginning in AY 2013-14, I will be teaching a 200-level lecture course on Comparative Health Politics and Policy.

University of Pennsylvania
208 S. 37th Street, Room 217
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6215
Phone: (215) 898-7641

Edward Mansfield Chair
Matthew Levendusky Graduate Chair
John Lapinski Undergraduate Chair