Institute for East-West Security Studies, New York City, research associate and deputy director of studies, 1984-89; Columbia University, New York City, assistant director of W. Averill Harriman Institute for Advanced Study of the Soviet Union, 1989-92; University of Virginia, Charlottesville, associate professor of government and foreign affairs, 1992—, Hugh S. and Winifred B. Cumming Memorial Professor of International Affairs, Director of the Center for Russian and East European Studies. RFE-RL Research Institute (Munich), visiting fellow, 1993-94; JFK Institute for North American Studies, Free University of Berlin, visiting professor, 200l; Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, visiting scholar, 2005. Feris Foundation of America, executive vice president, 1988-94.
His articles have appeared in numerous learned journals abroad and in the United States; his works have been translated into Russian, Chinese, French, German, Serbo-Croatian and Polish. In 2008, Mr. Lynch was Visiting Professor at the Center for Russian Studies, East China Normal University, Shanghai; In 2005, he was Visiting Scholar at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris; in 2001, he was Visiting Professor at the JFK Institute for North American Studies, Free University of Berlin as well as Visiting Scholar at the Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Auswaertige Politik, Berlin; in 1993-1994, he was Visiting Scholar at the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Research Institute, Munich; in 1981-1982, he was Albert Gallatin Fellow in International Affairs at the Institut des Hautes Etudes Internationales, Geneva; and in 1980-81 he was Visitor at the Russian Research Center, Harvard University.
His current research interests include Russian foreign policy, Russian politics in comparative perspective, and relationships between international order and political development.