Julia Lynch

Associate Professor
Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics, Room 424
Office Hours By Appointment (http://lynchofficehours.youcanbook.me)

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: 

“Reframing inequality? The health inequalities turn as a failed frame shift.” Journal of Public Health (2017) advance access doi: 10.1093/pubmed/fdw140 (2017)

"Winner-take-all politics in Europe? European inequality in comparative perspective," with Jonathan Hopkin. Politics & Society 44:3 (2017), pp. 335-343.

“Class, Territory, and Inequality: Explaining Differences in the Framing of Health Inequalities as a Policy Problem in Belgium and France.” French Politics 14:1 (2016), pp. 55-82.

“Historical Institutionalism and the Welfare State,” with Martin Rhodes. In Falleti T, Fioretos O, and Sheingate A., eds. The Oxford Handbook of Historical Institutionalism. Oxford University Press

“Does Non-State Welfare Provision Promote or Undermine Citizen Trust in Government? The Case of Health Care in Europe,” with Melani Cammett and Gavril Bilev. Perspectives on Politics 13:4 (2015), pp. 938-957.

Recent publications for a broader audience:

Is Trump a Berlusconi? Or More like Mussolini?” The Monkey Cage blog, Washington Post, December 4, 2016.

Why Framing Inequality as a Health Problem May Make It Harder to Fight.” Items, Social Science Research Council. November 1, 2016.

Here’s why so many of Europe’s terrorist attacks come through this one Brussels neighborhood.”  The Monkey Cage blog, Washington Post, April 5, 2016.

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
The Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics
133 S. 36th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6215
Phone: (215) 898-7641

Nicholas Sambanis Chair
Alex Weisiger Graduate Chair
Daniel Hopkins Undergraduate Chair