Our Contributors

louis-johnstonLouis Johnston is Professor of Economics and holds the Joseph P. Farry Chair in Public Policy at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University. He earned his B.S. in Economics at the University of Minnesota (1983), and his M.A. (1987) and Ph.D. in Economics (1990) at the University of California, Berkeley.

Johnston writes a regular column on economics and the economy for MinnPost called “Macro, Micro, Minnesota,” and was a regular guest from 2004 to 2011 on Minnesota Public Radio’s Midday program with Gary Eichten. He is now a regular guest on WCCO Radio’s News and Views with Roshini Rajkumar. He has been interviewed and quoted by the St. Cloud Times, Minneapolis StarTribune, St. Paul Pioneer Press, Bloomberg News, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, CNN, WCCO Radio, Minnesota News Network, and other media.

nick-hayesNick Hayes is a writer, professor, and commentator for the media. A frequent guest on television and radio, he has also published nationally and internationally in newspapers, magazines and journals. He has received awards from the Ford Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Fulbright Program, and also won an Emmy in 1991 for his work on Twin Cities Public Television’s (TPT’s) Television and Democracy in Russia. Today, he is a professor of history and holds the University Chair in Critical Thinking at Saint John’s University in Minnesota and is a contributing writer for http://www.MinnPost.com – the premier political blog in Minnesota. You can access his articles for MinnPost.com at http://www.minnpost.com/author/nick-hayes. His first work of creative non-fiction, a memoir titled, “And One Fine Morning Memories of My Father” (Nodin 2010) was a regional best seller. He is currently working on a second memoir, “Looking for Leningrad: My Soviet Life.” For more information, visit http://www.nickhayes.org.

noreen-herzfeldNoreen Herzfeld is the Nicholas and Bernice Reuter Professor of Science and Religion at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota. She holds degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics from The Pennsylvania State University and a Ph.D. in Theology from The Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley. Herzfeld is the author of numerous articles in both academic journals and the popular press as well as several books, including In Our Image: Artificial Intelligence and the Human Spirit (2002), Technology and Religion: Remaining Human in a Co-Created World (2009), and The Limits of Perfection in Technology, Religion, and Science (2010).


jim-readJim Read is a Professor of Political Science with the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University since 1988. A.B., University of Chicago, 1980; M.A., Harvard University, 1983; Ph.D, 1988. He was the Joseph P. Farry Professor of Public Policy at CSB/SJU, and has been Visiting Professor of Political Science at University of California-Davis. Dr. Read is the author of Majority Rule versus Consensus: The Political Thought of John C. Calhoun (University Press of Kansas, 2009), Power versus Liberty: Madison, Hamilton, Wilson, and Jefferson (University of Virginia Press, 2000) and Doorstep Democracy: Face to Face Politics in the Heartland (University of Minnesota Press, 2008).


cahalankathleenKathleen A. Cahalan is a Professor of Theology at Saint John’s University School of Theology and Seminary in Collegeville, Minnesota. She directs a collaborative research project, the Collegeville Institute Seminars at the Collegeville Institute, which is exploring vocation in relationship to the professions, across the lifespan from children to older adults, and through interfaith perspectives. She has a forthcoming book on vocation, entitled Call It What It Is, and is the author of several books, most recently A Living Discipleship: Called on the Way, co-authored with Laura Kelly Fanucci (Twenty-Third Publications, 2015), Opening the Field of Practical Theology (Rowman and Littlefield, 2014), edited with Gordon Mikoski, and Introducing the Practice of Ministry (Liturgical Press, 2010).



Derek Larson is a Professor of History and Environmental Studies at Saint John’s University, where he has taught since 1998. He earned his PhD in United States History at Indiana University, prior to which he completed an M.A. in Religion at Yale University and an undergraduate degree in History and Religious Studies at Lewis and Clark College. His academic interests include American environmental history, interdisciplinary environmental studies, and the relationship between culture, politics, and the environment. He has written a monthly opinion column for the St. Cloud Times since 2002 and his latest academic work includes a book titled Keeping Oregon Green: Livability, Stewardship, and the Challenges of Growth, 1960-1980, to be published by Oregon State University Press in late 2016.

Work by all of our contributors is available through the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University Digital Commons.