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The Joseph P. Farry Professorship

"Joe is one of the people who noticed me and changed my life. He encouraged, supported and challenged me. He had an ability to help students discover and explore the subtlety and nuances of ideas. He is a master teacher, a great mentor, he provides wise counsel, and that's just the truth." -Dan Whalen

Dr. Farry is a successful proponent and user of collaborative learning; his earliest classes here were taught more as discussion-based seminars than the traditional lecture prevalent in higher education in those years. He has led his students in dialogue with the great minds and with each other, drawing them into full intellectual engagement and moving their learning beyond what was safe and comfortable and on to new heights they may not have dared reach for.

Endowed professorships have long been recognized as both a hallmark of academic quality and a means by which a university honors its most esteemed scholars and teachers.  Professorships are reserved for scholars of national stature, with highly distinguished records of teaching, research and publication.  They constitute a time-honored way to recruit or retain scholars with exceptional records of achievement.


Louis Johnston is associate professor of Economics and holds the Joseph P. Farry Professorship at Saint John's University.  He earned his B.S. at the University of Minnesota (1983), and his M.A. (1987) and PhD (1990) at the University of California, Berkeley (all in Economics).

 Johnston specializes in macroeconomics and economic history.  His most recent projects focus on analyzing the evolution of Minnesota's economy and how Minnesota became "above average" over the past 60 years. 

Johnston is special contributor to the 4th, 5th, and 6th editions of Principles of Economics by Robert H. Frank and Ben S. Bernanke (McGraw-Hill / Irwin, 2009, 2012, 2014), with responsibility for developing and writing all of the macroeconomics chapters.

Johnston writes a twice-monthly column on economics and the economy for called "Macro, Micro, Minnesota," and was a regular guest on Minnesota Public Radio's Midday program. His micro-blog is available at

Join the McCarthy Center for a celebration with Professor Johnston, Professor Farry, and Gary Eichten '69 on February 26, 2014 at St. John's University. More information to come!

The McCarthy Center Presents...

Come join the McCarthy Center at 5:00 on Thursday, March 26th to find out more about how the 2008 financial collapse happened. Free pizza will be provided, and a radio preview of the event is available for streaming on Ox in the Afternoon.

Joseph P. Farry

Dr. Joseph Farry served Saint John's University and the College of Saint Benedict for many years as teacher, adviser, scholar, administrator and friend.  He was appointed to the Political Science department in 1961, and taught countless students with distinction in the department and also in Freshman Colloquium, Honors Symposium, Senior Seminar and the interdisciplinary Introduction to Social Science.  He earned his B.S., from Loyola University, Los Angeles; M.A., University of California, at Los Angeles; and Ph.D., Fordham University

Dr. Farry served as chair of the Social Science Division, the Department of Government and Peace Studies.  He led the Washington Summer Internship Program, the Freshman Colloquium Program and the Liberal Studies Core Curriculum Program.  He coordinated the First Year Honors Program, and was coordinator and principal author of the 1979 Self-Study Report for  the North Central Association accreditation visitation and has served on numerous faculty committees.  He was vice-chair of the Saint John's Faculty Assembly, and served as Dean of the College from 1991 through 1996.

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