Richard Foglesong

Author, teacher, political analyst, public speaker



POL 160 – INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN POLITICS. Examines the principles, institutions, and dynamics of the American political system. The course objectives are to explain how the American political system works; to engage students in the continuing debate over the democratic character of this system; and to improve students’ ability to find and evaluate information on government and politics.

POL 205B – DISNEY AND THE CITY. Taught during intersession, this short course assesses the Walt Disney Co.’s contribution to urban planning. That contribution is considered in the context of the challenges posed by city-building in a capitalist democracy where political and economic power are highly fragmented. The question posed is whether centralized, top-down planning—like that practiced at Walt Disney World—produces a workable urban environment that real-world governments should emulate.

POL 315R – POLITICS AND POLTIICAL SCIENCE. How do local officials use their influence to get things done? Why do things happen as they do in urban government? How might local decision making be improved? These questions are addressed from the perspectives of a political insider (Orange County Mayor Richard Crotty) and a political scientist (Prof. Foglesong).

POL 361 – URBAN POLITICS. This course focuses on the politics of urban development in the U.S. Comparisons are made with some European cities as well. Students are introduced to alternative theories of urban politics; these are applied to downtown development, urban rail transit, and the special case of tourism.

POL 327 – URBAN POLICY ANALYSIS. This course focuses on the problem of urban sprawl in fast-growing U.S. cities. We address the problems associated with sprawl, the case for New Urbanism as an antidote to sprawl, arguments for and against expanding mass transit systems, and the special case of transit-oriented urban development (TOD).


MPC 510 – PLANNING THEORY AND CIVIC IMPLEMENTATION. The overarching question addressed in this course is, What role can planning play in developing the good city and region within the constraints of a capitalist political economy and a democratic political system? In addressing this question we consider the historical roots of planning, the ethical dilemmas that planners face, and the challenges of effective planning in a mixed economy.

MPC 514C – POLITICS OF PLACE. This course addresses two related questions. First, what is the political agenda of New Urbanism? That is, what do New Urbanists want from government at the local, state and national levels. Second, how should New Urbanists in Florida respond to the dismantling of the state’s growth-management framework in the 2011 legislative session? Will Florida now return to the chaotic, unplanned growth that characterized the state in the 1960s and ‘70s? Or (as Andres Duany opines) has “creative destruction” occurred—to be replaced by what?


“As an academic, his achievements are noteworthy, but perhaps more interesting is his unique and lofty perch as resident ombudsman, analyst and commentator on politics in Central Florida.” Winter Park Magazine’s “Richard Foglesong: A Natural Resource”

“A Natural Resource”

Professor Foglesong’s extensive experiences in the field of political science really gave me the in-depth analysis I needed to fully understand and make judgments on political issues. His ability to captivate students in the classroom produces a great academic environment, and I could always rely on Professor Foglesong for words of advice in and outside the classroom.

Daniel Adler (Class of 2011)

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