Lance deHaven-Smith

Professor, Author, Artist

Journal Articles

For the past five years, deHaven-Smith has been focusing his academic writing on political criminality in high office.  This interest was sparked by the disputed presidential election of 2000, which involved criminal conspiracies by top leaders in Florida government to block a lawfully mandated, manual recount.  In 2006, deHaven-Smith coined the term "state crimes against democracy" (SCADs) to name crimes like those committed in the 2000 election. 

Published Since 2006

  • "When Political Crimes Are Inside Jobs: Detecting State Crimes Against Democracy," Administrative Theory & Praxis, Vol. 28: No. 3. (September 2006), pp. 330-355.
  • “Conjuring the Holographic State: Scripting Security Doctrine for a (New) World of Disorder,” (Matthew Witt is lead author).  Administration & Society, October 2008, Vol. 40, No. 6, pp. 547-585.
  • "Preventing State Crimes against Democracy" (with Matthew Witt), Administration & Society, 41(5), (September 2009), pp. 527-550.
  • "Beyond Conspiracy Theory: Patterns of High Crime in American Government."  American Behavioral Scientist, 53(6), (February 2010), pp. 795-825.


  • "The Limits of Permissable Change in U.S. Politics and Policy: Learning from the Obama Presidency." (With Alexander Kouzmin, Kym Thorne, and Matthew Witt).  Administrative Theory & Praxis, (March 2010).
  • "Myth and Reality of Whistelblower Protections: Official Behavior at the Top." Public Integrity (late 2010 or early 2011).  In a symposium issue co-edited with Alex Kouzmin.