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Matthew Lindstrom

Professor of Political Science with College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University since 2005.

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

Spring 2022 Courses:
  • POLS 111 – Intro to U.S. Politics
  • POLS 350 – Sustainable Urban Planning
Fall 2022 Courses:
  • POLS 111 – Intro to U.S. Politics
  • POLS 330 – Environmental Politics
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 M, West B. 2022. “The United States National Environmental Policy Act: History, Process, and Politics.” Hanna KS, editor. Routledge handbook of environmental impact assessment. London: Routledge. p. 302-317.

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.

  • Education

    B.A., Saint John’s University, 1992
    Ph.D., Northern Arizona University, 1997