Tufts Economist Named Dean of Heller School

November 28, 2007

Brandeis University announced today that Lisa M. Lynch, Ph.D., has been appointed Dean of the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, effective July 1, 2008.

“Dr. Lynch is joining the Heller School at a time when effective social policies have never been in greater need,” said Brandeis University President Jehuda Reinharz. "She will no doubt continue to strengthen Heller’s scholarly and programmatic leadership in helping shape the social policies that improve lives.”

“Dr. Lynch will bring outstanding scholarship, innovative thinking, and tremendous energy to the Heller School to guide its continued growth and national leadership in the areas of social policy research and graduate education,” said Provost Marty Wyngaarden Krauss.

Lynch is currently the William L. Clayton Professor of International Economic Affairs at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Her scholarly work has used economic analysis to inform policy responses nationally and internationally on issues such as how young adults make the transition from school to work, the role of government and employer-provided training on the employment prospects and wages of workers, and the impact of organizational innovation on productivity and wage inequality.

She is currently Chair of the Board of Directors of the Boston Federal Reserve Bank, Chair of the American Economic Association’s Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession, a member of the Executive Board of the Labor and Employment Relations Association, and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, the Economic Policy Institute, and IZA in Bonn, Germany.

“I look forward as Dean to building upon the substantial reputation of this School and working with its innovative faculty and research staff to prepare the next generation of social policy leaders, both nationally and internationally,” said Lynch. She added, “It will be a privilege to work with a community that is so dedicated to scholarly research that shapes the public discourse on the critical social policy issues of our times.”

The appointment comes at a time of exceptional growth and achievement at the Heller School, which completed a new building less than two years ago, introduced a new Master’s program in Public Policy this year, and has launched new programs in citizen leadership and in philanthropy within the last year under the leadership of Dean Stuart Altman. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Heller School among the top three in the nation in graduate education for social policy.

At Tufts, Lynch served as Academic Dean from 2001 to 2004. From 1995 to 1997, she was the Chief Economist at the U.S. Department of Labor. Lynch has held faculty positions at M.I.T., the Ohio State University, and the University of Bristol. A graduate of Wellesley College, Lynch completed her master’s and doctoral work at the London School of Economics.

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