Meet the President
Lisa M. Lynch became interim president of Brandeis University on July 1, 2015. A leader, scholar, and teacher, Lynch served previously as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, and as dean of the Heller School for Social Policy and Management.
Lynch is an internationally recognized labor economist who served as the chief economist in the U.S. Department of Labor during the Clinton administration and as the chair of the board of directors of the Boston Federal Reserve Bank from 2007 to 2009.
Her scholarship focuses on pressing economic issues that affect workers, including the impact of technology on productivity and wages, and the role of employer provided training for workers’ skill development. She also studies the causes of youth unemployment, and how young people make the transition from school to work.
A sought-after media commentator on job and employment issues, she has appeared on the PBS NewsHour on numerous occasions, as well as other national broadcast and print outlets.
Lynch came to Brandeis from Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, where she was a professor of international economic affairs. She was drawn to Brandeis because of its commitment to intellectual inquiry; robust discussion and debate; and social justice. Since she arrived at Brandeis, Lynch has worked to enhance Brandeis’ historically inclusive identity as a Jewish-founded nonsectarian university open to all.
A popular professor and guest lecturer, Lynch has taught regularly at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, focusing on issues of poverty and development.
Lynch earned her BA in economics and political science at Wellesley College, and her MS and PhD in economics at the London School of Economics.
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