USF Women in Leadership & Philanthropy Names MacManus Faculty Research Award Recipient

USF Distinguished Professor Susan MacManus is one of the nation's best known political experts. Here she speaks
to international reporters at the 2012 Republican National Convention. Photo | USF News.

MacManus to utilize award to finish current research project on the historical role of women and minorities in Florida politics

TAMPA, Fla. (April 7, 2014) – USF Women in Leadership & Philanthropy has named USF Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Government and International Affairs Susan MacManus its 2014 Faculty Research Award recipient.

MacManus, a familiar face to those who follow Florida politics, is currently working on a new book detailing the achievements of minority and female trailblazers in Florida politics. The $5,000 award will help MacManus complete her research for this project.

“I am delighted to receive this honor from WLP,” MacManus said. “It’s wonderful to be recognized by an organization that is focused on improving the lives and work of female students and faculty at USF and women more generally throughout the Tampa Bay community. I am honored to follow in the footsteps of the tremendous faculty that have earned this award in years past.”

MacManus’ impressive resume reveals significant accomplishments in research, teaching and community service during her long career at the University of South Florida. She has published groundbreaking books and journal articles detailing the role of women in politics, the impact of tax policy on women, and the impact of women in public policy making. In addition, she has published several biographies on historical female political leaders.

MacManus is a leader in our community, having served on various local and state civic boards. She is also a leader on campus, and has served as mentor for young professors starting their careers and for students planning their futures.

WLP Executive Director India Witte said MacManus was a logical choice for the award in 2014.

“Dr. MacManus’ record of accomplishment truly speaks for itself,” said Witte. “The leadership of WLP believed that honoring a professor that has done so much to advance our understanding of women in politics, while providing leadership in her own right for women at USF, was a great choice. We are pleased to honor her, and her continuing work on behalf of women, in this way.”