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. She is currently working on a book on the politics of health inequalities in Europe, under contract with Cambridge University Press, and recently wrote an Op-Ed for the New York Times, “Foreclosures are Killing Us” (Oct. 2, 2011). She has also been featured on the radio program Marketplace discussing the “Latest Public Health Problem: Foreclosures” (June 22, 2012). Her first book, Age in the Welfare State: The Origins of Social Spending on Pensioners, Workers, and Children (Cambridge University Press, 2006) won the American Political Science Association prize for best book in European Politics in 2007.