Lance deHaven-Smith

Lance deHaven-Smith

Ph.D., Ohio State
M.A., Ohio State
B.A., University of Georgia

Specializations: Public policy, political theory, philosophy of science, public opinion, and Florida politics and government.

Phone: (850) 644-7397
Office: 652 Bellamy

Dr. Lance deHaven-Smith is a Professor in the Reubin O’D. Askew School of Public Administration and Policy at Florida State University. A former President of the Florida Political Science Association, he is the author, coauthor, or editor of 15 books on topics ranging from religion and political philosophy to Florida government and politics. While at FSU, he has held a number of positions applying academic knowledge to problems of public policy. He served as: Associate Director of the Florida Institute of Government; Director of the Askew School; Executive Director of the Citizens Commission on Cabinet Reform, which was appointed by the Governor and Cabinet; Executive Director of the Local Government Commission II, which was appointed by the Governor, President of the Senate, and Speaker of the House; and Executive Director of the National Public Sector Gaming Study Commission, which was established by the National Council of Legislators from Gaming States. Dr. deHaven-Smith’s scholarship is nationally recognized. He has appeared on Good Morning America, the Today Show, NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, CBS Nightly News with Dan Rather, the Jim Lehrer News Hour, CNN, NPR, and other national TV and radio shows. Dr. deHaven-Smith was an infantry rifleman in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era. He began his teaching career in 1981 as an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Florida Atlantic University. While there, he worked his way up the academic ladder to the rank of full Professor and held a number of administrative positions, including Provost of FAU’s campuses in Broward County. He joined Florida State University in 1994.

Recent Publications and Papers

Lance deHaven-Smith and Matthew T. Witt (2009). “Preventing State Crimes against Democracy,” Administration and Society 41(5), 527-550.

Matthew T. Witt and Lance deHaven-Smith (2008). “Conjuring the Holographic State: Scripting Security Doctrine for a (New) World of Disorder,” Administration & Society , October, Vol. 40, No. 6, pp. 547-585.

Lance deHaven-Smith, “When Political Crimes Are Inside Jobs: Detecting State Crimes Against Democracy, “ Administrative Theory & Praxis , Vol. 28: No. 3. (September 2006), pp. 330-355.

Lance deHaven-Smith and Kenneth C. Jenne II, “Management by Inquiry: A Discursive Accountability System for Large Organizations,” Public Administration Review , Volume 66, Issue 1, January 2006.

Lance deHaven-Smith, editor, The Battle for Florida: An Annotated Compendium of Materials from the 2000 Presidential Election (Gainesville: The University Press of Florida, 2005).


Recent Awards and Achievements

Graduate Teaching Award, Florida State University, April 2006.

Identified by Florida Trend Magazine as one of Florida’s 100 most influential people and 5 most influential scientists, November 2004.

Selected by the International City-County Managers Association to present at the Eldon Fields Colloquium at the ICCMA’s annual meeting, October 1998.

Outstanding Teacher of the Year, College of Urban and Public Affairs, Florida Atlantic University, 1992-93. Awarded by the students of the College.

The Manning J. Dauer Prize, awarded by the Political Science Department at the University of Florida for the best work in public affairs submitted to the University of Florida Press, 1988.

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