Dr. Julia Lynch (Population Aging Research Center (PARC) at the University of Pennsylvania) 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.
Dr. Lynch’s 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.