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Douglas C. Foyle

Associate Professor of Government

Public Affairs Center,

Chair, Government


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AB Stanford University
MA Duke University
PHD Duke University

Douglas C. Foyle

Douglas C. Foyle's teaching and research specializations include U.S. Foreign Policy, international security, and the influence of public opinion and elections on foreign policy.  In addition to other articles and book chapters, his book Counting the Public In: Presidents, Public Opinion, and Foreign Policy (Columbia University Press, 1999) considers the role that public opinion has on American foreign policy decision making. He is currently working on projects examining the foreign policy attitudes of millennials, the public’s views about the extent to which leaders should consider public opinion when making foreign policy decisions, and a book examining the influence of elections in foreign policy decision making.

He is an Associate Professor of Government and a recipient of Wesleyan’s Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching (2009). He held the Douglas J. and Midge Bowen Bennet Associate Professor of Government chair from January 1, 2008 to June 30, 2013.  He completed his A.B. in political science at Stanford University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in political science with specialties in the fields of international relations and international security at Duke University.  He joined Wesleyan in 1998 after a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Mershon Center at The Ohio State University.

He currently serves as Chair (2019-) of the Board of Education in Glastonbury, Connecticut, after acting as Vice-Chair (2017-2019) and Secretary (2015-2017).  First elected in 2009 and in his third term, he also served previously as the Curriculum Committee Chair and Facilities Committee Co-Chair.

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After May 19, office hours are by appointment only (email me to schedule a time).

Office Hours:  Sign up at https://calendly.com/dfoyle/office-hours. Indicate whether you want in-person or through Zoom.  At times, I will hold different office hours because of the circumstances of the week. Be sure to click through to the Calendly page.

In-person meets in my office at 318 High, Room 111.

Zoom, go to: https://wesleyan.zoom.us/j/7797329488.  Meeting ID: 779 732 9488.  I'll let you in to the room during the appointment window.

If these times to not work for you, please e-mail me to set an appointment.


Fall 2023
GOVT 311 - 01
United States Foreign Policy