Julia Lynch


  • Julia Lynch (PARC Research Associate) was quoted in the LA Times about politics and the public perception of states easing mask mandates.

  • Julia Lynch (PARC) co-authored a new book, The Unequal Pandemic: COVID-19 and Health Inequalities, which examines the effects of government action and politics on health inequalities. The book shows how the COVID-19 pandemic is a syndemic of disease and inequality. Drawing on international data and accounts, the authors argue that the pandemic is unequal in three ways: it has killed unequally, been experienced unequally and will impoverish unequally.

  • PARC Associates, Julia LynchRachel Werner, and PSC Associate, Sharon Wolf, were featured in Penn Today discussing the unequal effects exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, systemic issues which contribute to these inequalities, and solutions for addressing inequalities in politics, health care, and education.

Associate Professor, Political Science

PhD, 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.


  • Penn Arts and Sciences - In These Times : Julia Lynch and Dorothy E. Roberts on Exacerbating the Health Care Divide
  • London School of Economics : Julia Lynch on Regimes of Inequality - the political economy of health and wealth
  • Department of Social Policy and Intervention Oxford : Julia Lynch on COVID-19 as a critical juncture? Reflections on path dependence during a pandemic