Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Maurice B. Hexter Professor of Social and Economic Policy
Ph.D., London School of Economics and Political Science
Lisa M. Lynch, Maurice B. Hexter Professor of Social and Economic Policy, has served since October 2014 as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. Prior to assuming that role, she was the dean of Brandeis' Heller School for Social Policy and Management. From 1995 to 1997 she was the chief economist at the U.S. Department of Labor. She has been a faculty member at Tufts University, M.I.T., The Ohio State University, and the University of Bristol.
Lynch is currently a member of the Governor's Council of Economic Advisors for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and a member of the National Academies Committee on National Statistics. She is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a research fellow at IZA (Institute for Labor Economics, Germany). She was president of the Labor and Employment Relations Association (2013-14), and has served as a director (2004-09), deputy chair, and Chair (2007-09) of the board of directors for the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, chair of the Conference of Chairmen of the Federal Reserve System (2009), and chief economist at the U.S. Department of Labor (1995-97).
She has published extensively on issues such as the impact of technological change and organizational innovation (especially training) on productivity and wages, the determinants of youth unemployment, and the school to work transition.
She received her B.A. in economics and political science from Wellesley College and her M.Sc. and Ph.D. in economics from the London School of Economics.