Sean D. Foreman, PhD

Associate Professor of Political Science
(305) 899-4098
O'Laughlin Hall, Room 243


Born in Greensburg, PA, Sean Foreman earned a BA degree in Political Science with a minor in History in 1993 from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. He received his MA in International Studies from Florida International University in Miami with a graduate certificate from the Latin American and Caribbean Center. In 2003, Dr. Foreman was the first person to be granted a doctoral degree in Political Science from FIU. He and his wife, Hadley, have a son named Luke, who was born in 2010.

Teaching and Advising

Dr. Foreman has taught various courses including American Government, State and Local Government, Public Policy and Administration, American Political Parties and Elections, Congress, Presidency, Political Theory I and II, and Religion in American Politics at Barry. He has also taught courses on International Relations and Latin American Politics at the University of Miami and St. Thomas University, and American National Government and State and Local Government at FIU, Broward College, and Miami-Dade College including online courses. Dr. Foreman was on a committee that created the international Political Science exam for credit established by Excelsior College.

Dr. Foreman was nominated by Barry students for the “Apple Award” in both 2007 and 2008 to show appreciation for leading educators at the university. He serves on a number of university wide, college and department committees including the Faculty Senate and as the advisor to the College Democrats, College Republicans, and Model United Nations student clubs on campus.

Professional Services

Dr. Foreman regularly extends his expertise outside the classroom, reaching the community through various media outlets. He has appeared in The Miami Herald, South Florida Sun Sentinel and among other publications. He is a regular panelist on WPBT-TV’s “Issues” and an occasional guest on CBS-4 news shows, Local 10 News and Comcast’s “Newsmakers.” Dr. Foreman is the Political Expert and does routine radio interviews for K107 in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. He is also a frequent guest on WFTL 850 AM NewsTalk radio out of Ft. Lauderdale and WIOD News Radio 610 and WLRN in South Florida as well as other stations around the nation. Dr. Foreman hosts his own political talk show called “World of Politics” each Wednesday from 1-2 p.m. on Barry’s WBRY 1640 AM.


Current research interests include U.S. politics, institutions and elections, state and local government, and the politics and economics of sports. Dr. Foreman is the author of a chapter on the Districts 21 and 25 Congressional elections for the book Roads to Congress 2008 and has reviewed several American Government and State and Local Politics text books. Dr. Foreman is the co-editor of Roads to Congress 2010 (forthcoming) and is writing chapters for two different books about the 2010 Florida Senate campaign and the election of Marco Rubio. A board member of the Florida Political Science Association from 2008-2010, Dr. Foreman is 2nd Vice President of the statewide professional organization, and will become president of the FPSA in 2012.

Selected Academic Presentations

  • "Public Opinion of President Barack Obama in Europe, Asia and the Middle East” 10th International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities, and Nations, July 18-20, 2010, Belfast, N. Ireland, UK.
  • "Was the ‘Bradley Effect’ in affect for the 2008 Presidential Election?” Southwestern Political Science Association Annual Meeting, April 9-11, 2009, Denver, CO.
  • "Amendment One and Its Aftermath: How the property tax referendum passed and what it really means for Florida homeowners,” Florida Political Science Association Annual Meeting, April 12, 2008, St. Petersburg, FL.
  • "Latino Voting in the 2008 Primary Elections” Western Political Science Association Annual Meeting, April 4-6, 2008, San Diego, CA.
  • "Gambling Policy in the States” Southwestern Political Science Association Annual Meeting, March 29-31, 2008, Las Vegas, NV.
  • How Strong Is Your Mayor?” Southwestern Political Science Association Annual Meeting, April 12-14, 2006, San Antonio, TX.


Dr. Foreman often says, “I don’t care what party you join, just join a party and participate” and “Decisions are made by those who show up. Be active!”