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 MinnPost – the premier political blog in Minnesota. You can access his articles at MinnPost.com. 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).

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.

Tony Cunningham is a Professor of Philosophy at CSB/SJU.  A first-generation Irish-American from New York City, he did his undergraduate work at Colby College and completed his graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania.  He is the author of The Heart of What Matters: The Role for Literature in Moral Philosophy (University of California Press, 2001) and Modern Honor: A Philosophical Defense (Routledge, 2013).  He specializes in ethics, with a particular interest in literature.  Currently, he is working on a book project on the notion of fortitude.  In addition to his philosophical interests, he writes fiction, he plays an unusual hardanger d’amore fiddle, and he is the founder of a political web magazine, The Better Angels.

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).

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

Jason Schlude is Associate Professor of Classics and Chair of the Department of Languages and Cultures at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University, a former Getty Scholar at the Getty Research Institute and Villa, and author of Rome, Parthia, and the Politics of Peace: The Origins of War in the Ancient Middle East (Routledge Press, 2020).