Means and Methods

Kathy Parker

“Means and Methods: Interviews of CSB and SJU Faculty”

Just as contractors develop means and methods to construct a new building, faculty deploy means and methods of their disciplines to construct new knowledge.  The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University faculty engage in a wide variety of scholarly and creative pursuits that not only keep their teaching up-to-date, but importantly contribute to the common good.   From ethical analysis of public policy to explorations of ways art enriches lives, our faculty continually develop new understanding of our world. This series introduces some of the scholarly work underway at CSB and SJU.

Means and Methods Episodes

Episode 1


Emily Kuffner, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies


B.A. Spanish, University of New Orleans
M.A. Romance Languages, University of New Orleans
Ph.D. Spanish, University of California Davis

Episode 2


Shawn Colberg, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Theology

His research interests include both Medieval church history and theology, and Hispanic theology. He has published extensively in journals and he presently has a book under review at Catholic University of America Press which explores the theology of Thomas Aquinas and Bonaventure on human action and divine reward.


Ph.D. University of Notre Dame
M.Div. Yale University Divinity School
B.A. Saint Olaf College

Episode 3


Troy Knight, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Environmental Studies


B.A. in Anthropology and History from the University of Georgia
M.S. in Geography Georgia State University
Ph.D. in Geography the University of Arizona

Episode 4


Dr. Ellen Block, Ph.D.
Sociology Department


Ph.D University of Michigan

Episode 5


Elizabeth Johnson
Adjunct Instructor of English 2007-Present


M.F.A., Bennington College, 2002
M.A., Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, 1995
B.A., Concordia College, 1993

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