Provost Lisa M. Lynch

Lisa Lynch

Lisa M. Lynch, the Maurice B. Hexter Professor of Social and Economic Policy, became provost of Brandeis University on October 31, 2014, and serves as the chief academic officer and the second ranking member of the administration, responsible for all areas of the university.

Working closely with President Frederick M. Lawrence, the Provost provides leadership for institutional planning and budgets, educational activities and research initiatives. Through her oversight of institutional planning and budgets, she assures that financial and human resources are aligned with the university’s mission. The Provost is responsible for fostering a community devoted to shared learning, reflection and civil engagement; for optimizing the student experience and faculty scholarship and research; and for underscoring and advancing the university’s historic commitment to social justice.

The Office of Provost manages operations through the Deans’ Council, the University Advisory Council, the Institutional Planning and Budget Committee, the Diversity Committee, and ad hoc committees. Also reporting directly to the Provost are the Chief Information Officer, the Dean of Academic Services, the Director of the Rose Art Museum, the Director of the Office of the Arts, the Registrar, and directors of university centers and institutes.

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 has been a faculty member at Tufts University, M.I.T., The Ohio State University, and the University of Bristol.

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.