David Foley

Associate Professor of Political Science

Dr. David Foley came to Salem College in August 2006. He is originally from Buffalo, New York, and moved to Winston-Salem when he took the position at Salem College. Before coming to teach at Salem, Foley taught political science at both the State University of New York at Buffalo and at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. Before he began his teaching career, Foley had a range of life experiences from service in the Navy (Vietnam era) to that of a short order cook, a salesman, a construction worker, and a self-employed building contractor/property developer. 

Dr. Foley became part of the faculty of Salem College because he saw it as a great opportunity to teach at a liberal arts college. He says, “It is an opportunity to bring more women into the fields of political policy-making locally, nationally, and internationally.”
Dr. Foley serves as the faculty adviser to the Salem delegation to the National Model UN. He also advises Pi Gamma Mu and the Student Libertarian Association at Salem. In the community, he is a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church, The Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the American Legion.

When not teaching, Dr. Foley enjoys riding his 1986 Harley Davidson Electraglide Classic, which he has had for more than twenty years. He and his wife, Nancy, like to travel around the East Coast states on his Harley whenever they get the opportunity. Foley and his wife live in an old farm house that he restored outside of Winston-Salem and they enjoy working on the three acres of land.

  • BA, MA, PhD, The State University of New York at Buffalo