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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Short Biography for Professor Lance deHaven-Smith

Professor Lance deHaven-Smith Professor Lance deHaven-Smith

Professor Lance deHaven-Smith holds the Reubin Askew Eminent Scholar Chair in Florida Government and Politics in the Reubin Askew School of Public Administration and Policy at Florida State University. He received his B.A. degree from the University of Georgia, summa cum laude, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the Ohio State University. Dr. deHaven-Smith is the author of over a dozen books on topics ranging from the philosophy of science and political philosophy to American politics and elite political crime. His most recently published books are The Battle for Florida, which analyzes the disputed 2000 presidential election, and Conspiracy Theory in America, which traces the pejorative "conspiracy theory" label in American public discourse to a CIA propaganda program initiated in 1967.

In a 2006 peer-reviewed journal article, Dr. deHaven-Smith coined the term "state crimes against democracy" (SCADs) to delineate a crime category for Watergate, Iran-Contra, Plame-gate, and similar conspiracies in high office. In February 2010 the SCAD concept was the topic of a special issue of American Behavioral Scientist. In June 2010, the journal Public Integrity ( the ethics journal for the American Society of Public Administration) published a symposium issue on SCAD theory and research. Other articles on the SCAD construct have been published in the peer review journals Contemporary Politics, Administration and Society, and Public Administration Quarterly. The SCAD construct directs inquiry to a comparative analysis of known and suspected political crimes to identify patterns in targets, timing, policy consequences, officials who benefit, and other characteristics that points to criminogenic institutions and circumstances.