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Douglas C. Foyle 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.  His teaching and research specializations include U.S. Foreign Policy, international security, and the influence of public opinion and elections on foreign policy. 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. 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 currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Glastonbury, Connecticut Board of Education and has been elected to four-year terms in 2009, 2013, and 2017.  He also serves as Curriculum Committee Chair, Facilities Committee Co-Chair, and previously served as Board Secretary.