Dr. Matthew J. Lindstrom, Professor


Professor of Political Science with Saint John's University/College of Saint Benedict since 2005. B.A., Saint John's University, 1992; Ph.D., Northern Arizona University, 1997.

Edward L. Henry Professor of Political Science at CSB/SJU; Director, The Eugene J. McCarthy Center for Public Policy and Civic Engagement at SJU; Co-director, CSB Marie and Robert Jackson Fellows Program and CSB/SJU Washington, D.C. Summer Study Program

Link to the The Eugene J. McCarthy Center for Public Policy and Civic Engagement.

 SJU Office: Simons 142
(320) 363-3364
[email protected]

 Fall 2021 Courses

POLS 211 - Politics and Political Life

POLS 111 - Intro to US Politics

Spring 2022 Courses

POLS 111 – Intro to US Politics

POLS 350A - Sustainable Urban Planning

Why am I a political scientist?

 I chose to get a doctorate degree in political science and work in higher education because it offers me an opportunity to influence the next generation of civic leaders and continually learn more about subjects I love.   Within U.S. politics and public policy, my main areas for scholarly research are environmental policy and urban planning.  

Professor Lindstrom in League of Minnesota Cities Film

Featured Books/Publications and Papers 

Lindstrom, Matthew, Encyclopedia of the U.S. Government and the Environment:  History, Policy, and Politics, editor, (Santa Barbara, CA:  ABC-CLIO, 2011).

Lindstrom, Matthew  and Hugh Bartling, editors, Suburban  Sprawl: Culture, Theory and Politics, (Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 2003). 

Lindstrom, Matthew  and Zachary A. Smith, The National Environmental Policy Act:  Judicial Misconstruction, Legislative Indifference, and Executive Neglect (College Station: Texas A & M University Press, 2002).  Reissued in paperback in 2008.  *Nominated for the Aaron Wildavsky Policy Studies Book Award. 

Lindstrom, Matthew, "Cooperation, Not False Competition." Fragmented Families and Splintered Classes:  Why so much churning? What can be done? What will America come to look like?  A Symposium, Center for the American Experiment, October, 2012.  


Visit Digital Commons for a complete list of political science books and publications.  There you can access summaries and ordering information, as well as full texts of select publications.


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