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


Spring 2016 Courses


9:35 am - 10:55 am           POLS 111- Intro to U.S. Politics

2:20 pm - 3:40 pm            POLS 350A - Sustainable Urban Planning                                                        

The course will include seminars, readings and case studies on themes including land use, ecological footprint, social neighborhood planning, citizen participation, work and mobility, life cycle design, low carbon / zero emission cities and urban ecology. The major focus of the course will be to examine different models of urban development, from traditional settlements to modern cities, and to develop an understanding of the complex human and environmental issues involved.


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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