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Dr. Susan MacManusDistinguished University Professor of Public Administration and Political Science University of South Florida
Dr. Susan A. MacManus, who received her M.A. from the University of Michigan and Ph.D. from Florida State University, is the Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Government and International Affairs, University of South Florida. For many years she served as political analyst for WFLA-TV (Tampa NBC affiliate). In 2016 she is the political analyst for WFTS-TV—ABC Action News (Tampa ABC affiliate). She was a blogger for TBO. com during the 2004 and 2006 election campaigns.
MacManus is the co-author of Politics in States and Communities, 15th ed., with Thomas R. Dye (Prentice Hall 2015), Florida's Politics, 4th ed., with Aubrey Jewett, David J. Bonanza, and Thomas R. Dye (USF John Scott Dailey Florida Institute of Government, 2015) and Florida's Politics: Ten Media Markets, One Powerful State with Kevin Hill and Dario Moreno (Florida Institute of Government, 2004). She is also the author of Young v. Old: Generational Combat in the 21st Century? (Westview, 1996) and Targeting Senior Voters (Rowman & Littlefield, 2004). MacManus and her mother, Elizabeth, are the authors of two local Florida history books published by the University of Tampa Press: Citrus, Sawmills, Critters & Crackers (1998) and Going, Going, Almost Gone: Lutz-Land O' Lakes Pioneers Share Their Precious Memories (2011). MacManus is from a citrus-growing family in Pasco County.
She served as Chair of the Florida Elections Commission from 1999 to 2003 and helped the Collins Center For Public Policy, Inc. draft Florida’s Help America Vote Act state plan (voter, election official, and poll worker education section) required by Congress to quality for federal funding under the Help America Vote Act. She also served as an advisor to the Florida Division of Elections on the development of its statewide poll worker training manual. In 2008, MacManus was appointed by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission to two working groups: the Election Management Guidelines Development Working Group on Elderly and Disabled Voters in Long-Term Care Facilities and the Working Group on Media and Public Relations.
MacManus was a Fulbright Research Scholar at Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea, in 1989, received USF’s Distinguished Research Scholar Award in 1991, and was honored as the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society’s USF Artist/Scholar in 1997 and designated as a Distinguished University Professor in 1999. She received the first biennial Diane Blair award for “Outstanding Achievement in Politics and Government” from the Southern Political Science Association in 2001. In March, 2002, the Florida Political Science Association gave her its Manning Dauer Distinguished Florida Political Science Award. She has been a Reubin O’D. Askew Fellow of the Florida Institute of Government since 1995.
MacManus is unaffiliated with any political party.
Recapping Florida’s 2016 Presidential Preference Primary
April 6, 2016
A January 2016 Snapshot of Florida’s Registered Voters
Party, Race/Ethnicity, Age, Gender, & Media Market Location
January 28, 2016
10 Big Reasons to Mine National Data in Florida
November 13, 2015
Florida’s Two “Super-Sized Generations”— The Boomers and the Millennials
(Require Different Voter Targeting Techniques and Campaign Messages)
September 15, 2015
Putting the 2014 Governor’s Race in Context Graphically:
Changing Vote Patterns in 2010, 2012, 2014 and Their Potential Impact on 2016
January 20, 2015
Who ARE the NPAs?
October 28, 2014
Competitive Circuit Court Judicial Races:
Women Candidates on the Rise
August 21, 2014
Florida’s Medicinal Marijuana Amendment
How Big a “Stimulant” to College Student Voter Turnout in the Fall?
May 14, 2014
Election 2014: Here Come the Libertarians!
February 12, 2014
Who Will Win Florida?
The Answer May be in the Generational Divide
November 5, 2012
Who and Where are Florida’s Democrats and Republicans?
September 17, 2012
A Statistical Snapshot of Florida Republicans
September 17, 2012
So You Think You Know Florida Voters May 2012
May 11, 2012
Redistricting 2012: 5 Lessons Learned
April 6, 2012
Loud, Divergent Citizen Voices Heard in Round One of Public Hearings
November 10, 2011
Florida Outlook 2012
Shaping up to be an "Us" v. "Them" Election
September 6, 2011
From the Citizens: "Listen Up, Tallahassee"
March 9, 2011
One Final Look at the 2010 Election
Unpredictable Twists and Turns, Predictable Outcomes
January 10, 2011
Exit Poll Analysis
November 3, 2010
Florida Ten Years After the 2000 Election
Lots of Reforms In Place; Floridians' Wish? "Please, No Repeat!"
November 1, 2010
The Ladies Throw Their Hats into the Ring
September 21, 2010