Lance deHaven-Smith is a
Professor Emeritus in the Reubin O’D. Askew
Public Administration and Policy at
He received his B.A. degree from the
cum laude, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from The
A former President of the Florida Political Science
Association, Dr. deHaven-Smith is the author of over a dozen books
on topics ranging from religion and political philosophy to
Florida government and politics.
His books on Florida include: Government in the Sunshine
State (co-authored with David Colburn);
Megatrends (also co-authored
with David Colburn); The Florida Voter; Environmental
Concern in Florida and the Nation; The 1998 Almanac of Florida
Politics (with Tom Fiedler); The 2000 Almanac of Florida
Politics (also with Tom Fiedler); and The Atlas of Florida
Voting and Public Opinion.
recently published book is The Battle for Florida, which
analyzes the disputed 2000 presidential election. His most
recent book is Conspiracy Theory in America, whch was
published in hardback by the University of Texas Press in 2013.
The paperback edition came out in 2014.
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 has received many
awards for his teaching, research, and community service.
While still a graduate student, he won the Chastain Award
from the Southern Political Science Association for the best paper
presented at its Annual Convention in 1978.
His first book (Philosophical
Critiques of Policy Analysis) won the Manning Dauer prize for
scholarship from the
In 2004, he was selected by
Florida Trend Magazine as
one of Florida’s 174 most
influential people and 6 most influential scientists.
In 2006 he won FSU's Graduate Teaching Award, one of only two
such awards made by the University each year. In 2015 Dr.
deHaven-Smith was appointed Reubin O'D. Askew Eminent Scholar in
Florida Government and Politics. He retired in 2016 and was
unanimously endorsed as Porfessor Emeritus by the faculty in his
While at FSU, Dr. deHaven-Smith held a
number of positions applying academic knowledge to problems of
public policy. He
served as: 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
Dr. deHaven-Smith has led retreats, workshops,
and assemblies for many communities and units of government.
He has facilitated consensus-building processes for the
Florida Senate, the Florida House of Representatives, the Governor’s
Office of Louisiana, the Association of Southeastern Legislators,
the U.S. Bureau of Justice Administration, the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency, the Florida Department of Environmental
Protection, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California
(MWD, the largest water district in the world), Florida’s water
management districts, several of Florida’s Regional Planning
Councils, the Florida Department of Transportation, and numerous
Florida cities and counties.
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
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.