Julia Lynch

Associate Professor
3440 Market St, Suite 300
Office Hours By Appointment
215 746-8312

Julia Lynch is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania, where she has taught since 2001. She holds a PhD in political science from the University of California, Berkeley and a BA in government from Harvard University.  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.  At Penn, Lynch co-directs the Penn-Temple European Studies Colloquium, and is a faculty affiliate with the Penn-Wharton Public Policy Initiative, the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, the Lauder Institute and the Italian Studies Program.  Professor Lynch is also active in the profession more broadly, serving on the Executive Committee of the Council for European Studies as well as on the editorial boards of Comparative Political Studies, Journal of European Social Policy, and Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law. Lynch has received major grants and fellowships from the Mellon Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council.      

Research Interests: 

My research agenda is centered on the politics of inequality in the rich 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.
Selected Publications: 

Recent academic publications: 

2014    Keene D, Lynch J and Baker AC.  “Fragile Health and Fragile Wealth: Mortgage Strain among African American Homeowners.” Social Science and Medicine 119, pp. 119-26.

2014    Lynch J. “The Italian Welfare State After the Crisis.” Journal of Modern Italian Studies 19:4, pp. 380-88.

2014   Lynch J and Ceretti P. “Welfare in Italy.” In Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Italy: History, Politics and Society, ed. Mammone A, Perini G and Veltri M. Routledge Taylor and Francis.

2014    Lynch J. “A Cross-National Perspective on the American Welfare State.”  In The Oxford Handbook of U.S. Social Policy, ed. Béland D, Howard C, and Morgan K. Oxford University Press.

2013    Lynch J. “Aligning Research Goals and Sampling Procedures in Interview Research.” In Interview Research in Political Science, Mosley L, ed. Cornell University Press, pp. 31-44.

2011    Gollust S and Lynch J. “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.

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

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

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

2010   Hinrichs K and Lynch J. “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, pp. 353-356.

Recent publications for a broader audience:

2013 Lynch J and Perera I. “Health Effects of the Crisis in Southern Europe.” APSA European Politics and Society Newsletter Summer 2013, pp. 11-13.

2012   Lynch J. “The Perfect Storm.” Penn Arts & Sciences Magazine Spring/Summer 2012, pp. 29-30.

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

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

2010   Pollack C, Lynch J, Alley D and Cannuscio C. “Foreclosure and Health Status.”  Issue Brief, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics 15:2 (January/February 2010).

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)
  • Comparative Health Politics and Policy (PSCI 221)

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

Anne Norton Chair
Matthew Levendusky Graduate Chair
Marc Meredith Undergraduate Chair