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Dr. Susan MacManus smiles alongside a group of USF Honors students.

Florida Political Analyst Dr. Susan MacManus Visits Judy Genshaft Honors College

The 'most-quoted person in Florida politics,' Professor Emerita Dr. Susan MacManus, a retired political science professor at the University of South Florida (USF) visited the Judy Genshaft Honors College to speak with CNN and meet with Honors students. After an interview with reporters, MacManus met with a small group of students to discuss political science, education, and career opportunities. 


MacManus holds a degree in government from Florida State University, a master's from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. from Florida State University. She is the author of the book 'Florida's Minority Trailblazers,' which delves into the contributions of minorities in Florida politics. Dr. MacManus also leads the Sunshine State Survey, providing insights into Floridians' values and their stances on ballot issues. 

“Meeting Dr. MacManus was enlightening and opened my mind to my wants in the future and gave me motivation to pursue my goals.” - Godlove Nkembo, Honors student 

MacManus’ experience and achievements in the world of politics were exciting and attractive to eager Honors students who wanted to learn from her; many of whom see themselves working in a similar field in the future.

“I was pleasantly surprised at how cordial and down-to-earth Dr. MacManus was. It was great to have someone share her perspective and experiences both in education and in the professional world of media... I am very excited for future opportunities with the Honors College and for these types of experiences.” said Honors student Joseph Ambrosino. 

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