About the Center
The Eugene J. McCarthy Center for Public Policy and Civic Engagement, created in honor of the late Senator and St. John's graduate, fosters dialogue and involvement regarding politics, values, and public policy. The McCarthy Center facilitates opportunities for creative and integrated learning through programming and experiential learning on and off campus.
In this day and age of "Crossfire" political reasoning and us/them political rhetoric, many young people are unfortunately steering away from political engagement. As a result, the faculty and core group of students from the Center work diligently to create venues for constructive, responsible and interesting civic debate and engagement in community affairs. Through events, conferences, lectures and social gatherings, the McCarthy Center gives students unique learning experiences
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Director Matt Lindstrom
Matt Lindstrom is the Edward L. Henry Professor of Political Science at St. John's University/College of St. Benedict and the Director of the Eugene J. McCarthy Center for Public Policy and Civic Engagement at St. John's University. He also serves as Co-Director for the CSB/SJU Washington, D.C. Summer Study Program and Co-Director for the College of St. Benedict Jackson Fellows Program
He edited Encyclopedia of the U.S. Government and the Environment: History, Policy, and Politics, (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2011) (Publisher page). He co-authored The National Environmental Policy Act: Judicial Misconstruction, Legislative Indifference, and Executive Neglect, (Texas A & M University Press, 2001) and co-edited Suburban Sprawl: Culture, Ecology, and Politics (Rowan and Littlefield, 2003). Lindstrom's interest in experiential learning resulted in an essay titled, "What's a Bus Ticket Got to do with my Political Science Class" which won a "Best Paper Award" from the American Political Science Association.
Prior to starting at CSB/SJU in 2005, Lindstrom taught at Siena College outside of Albany, NY for eight years. At Siena College he chaired the Political Science department for two
years, and together with his wife, Amy Braig-Lindstrom, also created the Troy Waterfront Farmers' Market (www.troymarket.org), a year-around entity with over 70 vendors.
Born in Willmar, MN, Matt graduated with a BA in Government from St. John's University and in 1997 Matt received a Ph. D. in Political Science (with distinction) from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. Matt and Amy are parents of Isaac and Anna Lindstrom as well as two dogs and three cats.
Interim Director Bob Bell
Bob Bell is an associate professor of accounting and finance at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University and holds the Joseph P. Farry Professorship for Saint John’s University.
Bob is a graduate of the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University where he majored in accounting. Bob also has a law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School. He began his career as a CPA with Arthur Andersen in their tax department. At Arthur Andersen, Bob worked on a wide-range of tax issues, including those impacting corporations, partnerships and individuals, both on a domestic and international basis.
Following Arthur Andersen, Bob attended law school and then moved to Washington, DC to work at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. At the SEC, Bob worked as a Staff Attorney in the Division of Corporation Finance where he reviewed and commented on the documents filed by public corporations, including annual reports, quarterly reports and proxy statements, as well as initial public offerings (IPOs) and secondary offerings.
Following the SEC, Bob moved to New York to fulfill a dream of working on Wall Street. Bob first worked in the Corporate Finance department of Clifford Chance where he represented corporations and investment banks with securities law issues ranging from equity and debt offerings to corporate governance. Bob next worked in the Corporate Finance department at Willkie Farr & Gallagher where he worked exclusively on issues impacting Bloomberg L.P.
Bob enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, teaching, and traveling. Bob has traveled to over 50 countries.
Program Coordinator Sabrina Gilchrist
Sabrina Gilchrist graduated from Averett University in Danville, VA with a B.A. in Theatre Arts. Since moving to Minnesota in 2011, she's been active with various non-profits with a focus on food justice and access, environmental policies, community development and mental health advocacy.
What year are you and what is your major/minor? Sophomore, Accounting major
How long have you been with the McCarthy Center? I have been volunteering with the McCarthy Center since the fall of 2016. I started working at the McCarthy Center in the fall of 2017.
What kinds of clubs and activities are you involved in on campus? I am involved in Students for Life, College Republicans, and Accounting Club. I am also an Orientation Leader and part of Benedictine Friends!
Tell us one fun fact about yourself. I was a 2015-2016 Sauk Rapids Ambassador and represented my hometown all over Minnesota.
What year are you and what is your major/minor? Senior, Political Science and Hispanic Studies double major and Peace Studies minor
How long have you been with the McCarthy Center? Four years, but this is my first year as a student coordinator rather than a volunteer. What kinds of clubs and activities are you involved in on campus? President of the International Affairs Club (Harvard National Model United Nations), UNFCCC, Take Ten instructor, Futura Languages instructor, Football game junkie.
Tell us one fun fact about yourself. Oh gee, let's see. I interned on Capitol Hill this summer with Congressman Richard Nolan [D-MN-8] in the U.S. House of Representatives and studied abroad in Viña del Mar, Chile last school year.
What year are you and what is your major/minor? Senior, Political Science major and Communications minor.
How long have you been with the McCarthy Center? I have been with the McCarthy Center since I was a first year.
What kinds of clubs and activities are you involved in on campus? On campus I am a member of the CSB/SJU crew team and Women's Choir.
Tell us one fun fact about yourself. I am a speed reader, I can read books in under an hour.
Hometown: Saint Cloud, Minnesota
What year are you and what is your major/minor? Sophomore, Biochemistry major and Music minor.
How long have you been with the McCarthy Center? This will be my second semester as a student coordinator.
What kinds of clubs and activities are you involved in on campus? I'm involved in various music ensembles including the CSB/SJU Wind Ensemble and Brass Choir and the pre-medicine clubs on campus. I also spend my evenings as a chemistry tutor and volunteer at the St. Cloud Hospital!
Tell us one fun fact about yourself.One fun fact about myself is I love to run long distance and bake artisan bread!
What year are you and what is your major/minor? Senior, Political Science major and English minor.
How long have you been with the McCarthy Center? I volunteered with the McCarthy Center for two years, and I have been a student coordinator for one year.
What kinds of clubs and activities are you involved in on campus? I am involved in EcoReps, CSBSJU College Democrats, and I am an alum of the 2016 Washington, D.C. Summer Study Program.
Tell us one fun fact about yourself. I am proficient in reading and writing in classical Latin. Difficilius est quam putas!
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
What year are you and what is your major/minor? Junior, Political Science major How long have you been with the McCarthy Center? I used to come in now and again to hang out with students and talk to speakers mostly over the course of sophomore year. Now I'll be there 10-12 hours a week for my student employment!
What kinds of clubs and activities are you involved in on campus? Currently, I am volunteering for Professor Jim Read with his Campaign for State Representative! Tell us one fun fact about yourself. I speak three languages: English, Urdu, and Punjabi.