MURRAY, Ky. — The department of political science and sociology at Murray State University presents the 40th Harry Lee Waterfield Distinguished Lecture in Public Affairs on April 13 at 7 p.m. in the Curris Center Large Ballroom.

Dr. Julia Lynch will speak on the topic of the politics of health inequality in Europe and the United States.

Lynch is an associate professor of political science in the department of political science at the University of Pennsylvania. She holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. in government from Harvard University.

Lynch is well-known for her research in the politics of inequality, social policy and the economy in comparative perspective with a focus on the countries in western Europe and the United States. She has received major grants and fellowships from the Mellon Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Science Foundation and the Social Science Research Council.

Lynch is also serving on the Executive Committee of the Council for European Studies as well as on the editorial boards of Comparative Political Studies, Journal of European Social Policy and Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law.

The Harry Lee Waterfield Distinguished Lecture in Public Affairs has been sponsored by the Department of Political Science and Sociology at Murray State University since 1977 and is named in honor of the late Harry Lee Waterfield, who grew up in Calloway County and graduated from Murray State University.

Waterfield distinguished himself in three careers (journalism, politics and insurance) and was twice elected lieutenant governor.

The purpose of the lecture is to bring to campus individuals of accomplishment to speak on topics of historical and political importance.