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Faculty & Staff

William duPont
Assistant Professor of Economics
Office: Main 346, CSB
Phone: 320-363-5244

Degrees and Post-Graduate Research/Study
Ph.D. University of Hawaii
M.A.  University of Texas at Austin
B.A.   Rice University, Texas

Teaching Areas/Interests
International Economics, Macroeconomics, Disaster Economics, Japanese Economy

Research Areas/Interests
Japan's Economy

Dan Finn
Professor of Economics and Theology
Clemens Chair in Economics and the Liberal Arts
Office: Simons 248, SJU
Phone: 320-363-3048

Degrees and Post Graduate Research/Study
Ph.D. University of Chicago, Religious Social Ethics
M.A. University of Chicago, Economics
B.S. St. John Fischer College, Mathematics


Teaching Areas/Interest
Ethics and Economics, History of Economic Thought, Economics and Philosophy

Research Areas/Interest
Morality and markets, Ethics and International Trade, Power in Catholic Social Thought

Personal Information
Dan is a serious bridge player, loves to work with wood (he made his own kitchen table) and to garden.

Michael Hemesath
Professor of Economics and President of Saint John's University
Office: Quad 136, SJU

Degrees and Post Graduate Research/Study
Ph.D. Harvard University
B.S. Saint John's University

Teaching Areas/Interests
International Economics, Health Economics, Transition Economics

Research Areas/Interests
Economics of Education, Transition Economics, Health Economcis

Personal Information:
Spouse: Elizabeth Galbraith; three sons, Cameron, Sebastian and Alexander.

Louis Johnston
Joseph P. Farry Professor, McCarthy Cener for Public Policy and Civic Engagement
Office: Main 333, CSB
Phone: 320-363-5683
Personal website:

Degrees and Post-Graduate Research/Study
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
M.A. University of California, Berkeley
B.S. University of Minnesota

Teaching Areas/Interests
Macreconomics, Economic History, Economic Growth, Introductory Economics

Research Areas/Interests
Evolution of Minnesota's economy, U.S. output and productivity before 1930.
Columnist.  MinnPost
Contributor to textbooks:
a. Robert Frank and Ben Bernanke, Principles of Economics, McGraw-Hill/Irwin, 2009 and 2012 (4th and 5th editions).
b.  Robert Frank and Ben Bernanke, Principles of Economics, Brief Edition McGraw-Hill/Irwin, 2009 and 2011 (1st and 2nd editions).

Personal Information
Louis centers his life around his wife, Susan Riley (also a professor at CSB/SJU) and his children, Olivia and John. Besides family and economics, his passions are history, music (especially big band jazz) and trains.

Meg Lewis
Professor of Economics
Office: Main 347, CSB
Phone: 320-363-5977

Degrees and Post-Graduate Research/Study
Ph.D. University of Maryland
M.A. University of Maryland
B.A. College of William and Mary

Teaching Areas/Interests
Economics of Gender and Race, Labor Economics, Quantitative Methods in Economics/Econometrics, and History of Economic Thought

Research Areas/Interests
Evolution of the economics discipline and profession; effective pedagogy in the economics classroom; institutional and feminist economics.

Personal Information
Meg enjoys working with stained and fused glass, reading, and just hanging out with husband David and her four-legged guys - Simon, Ellery, and Homer -- in her home on the Mississippi River.

Sucharita Sinha Mukherjee
Associate Professor
Office: Main 336, CSB

Phone: 320-363-5259

Degrees and Post Graduate Research Study
Ph.D. University of California-Riverside
M. Phil. Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research
M.S. University of Calcutta
B.S. St. Xavier's College

Teaching Areas/Interests
Economic Development, Asian Economies, Quantitative Methods and Econometrics
Gender and Development; Gender Issues in Asia; Feminist Economics

Research Areas/Interests
Economic Development; Economics of Gender; Issues in Developing Countries; Asian Development

Personal Information:
Loves to spend time with daughter Ahona, watch old classic movies and cooking.

John Olson
Professor of Economics
Office: Main 331, CSB
Phone: 320-363-5406

Personal Website

Degrees and Post-Graduate Research/Study
Ph.D. University of Rochester
M.A. University of Rochester
B.A. DePauw University

Teaching Areas/Interests
Macroeconomics, Monetary Theory & Policy, and American Economic History

Research Areas/Interests
American Economic History: the economics of slavery and agriculture in the pre-Civil War South, 19th and 20th century monetary and financial history, 18th and 19th century U.S. economic growth, and student learning and assessment in economics.

Personal Information
John is an avid golfer which substitutes for his earlier more youthful exploits on the soccer and softball fields. Other interests include stamp collection and reading about economics, history, and politics. John's wife, Amy is a faculty member in the CSB/SJU Nutrition Department.

Shrawantee (Dora) Saha
Associate Professor
Office: Main 338, CSB

Phone:  320-363-5882

Degrees and Post-graduate Research/Study
Ph.D. University of New Hampshire
M.A. University of New Hampshire
M.S. University of Calcutta, India
B.S. University of Calcutta, India

Teaching Areas/Interests:
Microeconomic Theory, Public Economics, Environmental Economics

Research Areas/Interests:
Her primary research interest is in the area of environmental regulations and their impact on innovation and technology adoption. She is also interested in the association between environmental regulations and environmental injustice related outcomes.

Personal Information:
She is an outdoor person with a love of hiking mountains and wilderness. She loves photography.

Parker Wheatley
Department Chair/Associate Professor
Office: Main 335, CSB
Phone: 320-363-5917

Degrees and Post-Graduate Research/Study
Ph.D. University of Minnesota
M.A. George Mason University
B.A. Sewanee-the University of the South

Teaching Areas/Interests
Introductory Economics, Market Structures and Firm Strategy, Industrial Organization and Public Policy, Financial Markets and Institutions, and Microeconomics Theory.

Research Areas/Interests
Recent research has focused heavily on household decision and consumption among low-income communities. Other recent work includes study of the structure, pricing, and location of financial institutions that service low-income communities. Past research has focused on a variety of topics in U.S. agriculture, including the role of organic food and the internet in these markets.

Personal Information
Parker enjoys spending time with his wife and son - bowling, watching birds, and enjoying the great weather in Central Minnesota.

Jenn Schwichtenberg 

CSB Office Manager
Main 343, CSB
Phone: 320-363-5383

Jenn began at the College of Saint Benedict in 2003. She began working in circulation at Clemens Library. She currently manages the office for the department of economics as well as the department of theology and the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning. She graduated with a BFA in graphic design and enjoys baking, decorating, and reading.

Ernie Diedrich
Professor Emeritus of Economics

Degrees and Post Graduate Research Study
Ph.D. Colorado State University
M.I.M. American Graduate School of International Management
B.A. University of Cincinnati

Personal Information
Ernie retired in the spring of 2013. Ernie enjoys community work, politics, world music, and hiking in Colorado.

Joe Friedrich
Professor Emeritus of Economics

Degrees and Post Graduate Research Study
Visiting Scholar-London School of Economics
M.A. University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.A. Saint John's University

Personal Information
Joe retired in June 2009. He continues to research in the areas of public policy, especially health care and enjoys keeping in touch with former students and colleagues. He and his wife, Kathy, enjoy traveling, gardening, golfing, reading, and grandchildren.

Chuck Rambeck
Professor Emeritus of Economics

Degrees and Post-Graduate Research/Study
Ph.D. and B.A. University of Minnesota

Personal Information
Chuck Rambeck was a valued member of the economics department from 1975 until his retirement in the spring of 2011.  He passed away in the fall of 2014, and his insights and personality are missed by his former colleagues and students

Chuck Rambeck

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