Dr. Susan MacManus

Dr. Susan MacManus of Tampa is a recently retired professor from the University of South Florida. Dr. MacManus is a Florida girl, still living on her family’s farm north of Tampa. Dr. MacManus is the most widely and highly respected observer of Florida politics. She received her M.A. from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. from Florida State University. She was the Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Government and International Affairs, University of South Florida. For the last six election cycles, she has served as a political analyst for WFLA News Channel 8 (Tampa NBC affiliate). Since 2008, she has been a featured columnist on sayfiereview.com—a widely-read Florida-based political website. WFLA TV’s weekly Road to the White House program on which MacManus appeared as a panelist was nominated for a Suncoast Emmy Award. She has appeared on every major broadcast and cable television and radio network and been interviewed by major newspapers in Florida, the U.S., and abroad. She is Florida’s most-quoted political scientist. Dr. MacManus served as Chair of the Florida Elections Commission from 1999 to 2003 and helped the Collins Center for Public Policy draft Florida’s Help America Vote Act state plan (voter, election official, and poll worker education section) required by Congress to qualify 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. Dr. 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 ArtisUScholar 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.