About the Center

The Eugene J. McCarthy Center for Public Policy and Civic Engagement, created in honor of the late Senator and St. John's graduate, fosters dialogue and involvement regarding politics, values, and public policy. The McCarthy Center facilitates opportunities for creative and integrated learning through programming and experiential learning on and off campus.

In this day and age of "Crossfire" political reasoning and us/them political rhetoric, many young people are unfortunately steering away from political engagement. As a result, the faculty and core group of students from the Center work diligently to create venues for constructive, responsible and interesting civic debate and engagement in community affairs. Through events, conferences, lectures and social gatherings, the McCarthy Center gives students unique learning experiences

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Director Matt Lindstrom

Matt Lindstrom is the Edward L. Henry Professor of Political Science at St. John's University/College of St. Benedict and the Director of the Eugene J. McCarthy Center for Public Policy and Civic Engagement at St. John's University. He also serves as Co-Director for the CSB/SJU Washington, D.C. Summer Study Program and Co-Director for the College of St. Benedict Jackson Fellows Program

He edited Encyclopedia of the U.S. Government and the Environment: History, Policy, and Politics, (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2011) (Publisher page). He co-authored The National Environmental Policy Act: Judicial Misconstruction, Legislative Indifference, and Executive Neglect, (Texas A & M University Press, 2001) and co-edited Suburban Sprawl: Culture, Ecology, and Politics (Rowan and Littlefield, 2003).  Lindstrom's interest in experiential learning resulted in an essay titled, "What's a Bus Ticket Got to do with my Political Science Class" which won a "Best Paper Award" from the American Political Science Association.

Prior to starting at CSB/SJU in 2005, Lindstrom taught at Siena College outside of Albany, NY for eight years. At Siena College he chaired the Political Science department for two 

years, and together with his wife, Amy Braig-Lindstrom, also created the Troy Waterfront Farmers' Market (www.troymarket.org), a year-around entity with over 70 vendors.

Born in Willmar, MN, Matt graduated with a BA in Government from St. John's University and in 1997 Matt received a Ph. D. in Political Science (with distinction) from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. Matt and Amy are parents of Isaac and Anna Lindstrom as well as two dogs and three cats.


Interim Director Bob Bell

Bob BellBob Bell is an associate professor of accounting and finance at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University and holds the Joseph P. Farry Professorship for Saint John’s University.

Bob is a graduate of the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University where he majored in accounting. Bob also has a law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School. He began his career as a CPA with Arthur Andersen in their tax department. At Arthur Andersen, Bob worked on a wide-range of tax issues, including those impacting corporations, partnerships and individuals, both on a domestic and international basis.

Following Arthur Andersen, Bob attended law school and then moved to Washington, DC to work at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. At the SEC, Bob worked as a Staff Attorney in the Division of Corporation Finance where he reviewed and commented on the documents filed by public corporations, including annual reports, quarterly reports and proxy statements, as well as initial public offerings (IPOs) and secondary offerings.

Following the SEC, Bob moved to New York to fulfill a dream of working on Wall Street. Bob first worked in the Corporate Finance department of Clifford Chance where he represented corporations and investment banks with securities law issues ranging from equity and debt offerings to corporate governance. Bob next worked in the Corporate Finance department at Willkie Farr & Gallagher where he worked exclusively on issues impacting Bloomberg L.P. Bob enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, teaching, and traveling. Bob has traveled to over 50 countries.


Program Coordinator Sabrina Gilchrist

Sabrina Gilchrist graduated from Averett University in Danville, VA with a B.A. in Theatre Arts. Since moving to Minnesota in 2011, she's been active with various non-profits with a focus on food justice and access, environmental policies, community development and mental health advocacy.