Richard Foglesong
Author, teacher, political analyst, public speaker

Author

IMMIGRANT PRINCE: MEL MARTINEZ AND THE AMERICAN DREAM (University Press of Florida, 2011)

Recounts the American and Florida dream story of Mel Martinez, who came to the U.S. as a teenage refugee from Castro’s Cuba and rose to become the nation’s first Cuban-born U.S. senator. Told in the context of the rising political power of U.S. Hispanics, the changing role of religion in American politics, and the bitter struggle over immigration reform in the U.S. Congress.

“Foglesong’s instincts and talents for explaining why events and lives unfold as they do have never been more compelling than in this account of Martinez.” Dick J. Batchelor

“A fascinating and thought-provoking political biography of Cuban-born senator Mel Martinez that critiques his successful pursuit of the American Dream. Foglesong has done a masterful job threading Mel’s life into larger political, historical, and social themes such as the rise of Hispanic power in the United States, the role of religion in political life, and the ongoing debate over immigration policy.”—Aubrey Jewett

MARRIED TO THE MOUSE: WALT DISNEY WORLD AND ORLANDO (Yale University Press, 2001)

Examines the economic-development “marriage” between Walt Disney World and the political jurisdictions that surround it, explaining why Disney came to Florida, how they acquired their unique government powers, and how they have use and abused those powers.

“One of the books greatest strengths is its rich detail about how a notoriously secretive company goes to great lengths to preserve its image as the home of the Magic Kingdom.” Alecia Swasy, New York Times

PLANNING THE CAPITALIST CITY (Princeton University Press, 1986).

Widely used in urban planning schools, this history of city planning from the Colonial Era to the1920s argues that urbanplanning in a capitalist democracy is "both necessary and impossible”—necessary because of the fragmenting effects of capitalism and democracy and impossible for the same reason.

ARTICLES

Richard Foglesong, “When Disney Come to Town,” Washington Post Sunday Magazine, May 15, 1994