Aaron Deslatte

Assistant Professor

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  • Ph.D., Florida State University, 2015
  • MPA, Florida State University, 2013
  • M.S., Florida State University, 2009
  • B.G.S., Missouri Southern State University, 2007


Curriculum Vitae

Aaron Deslatte joined O’Neill as an assistant professor in 2019 and directs the Metropolitan Governance and Management Transitions (MGMT) Laboratory. His research focuses on the roles that public managers play in enhancing economic, environmental and social sustainability at the local and metropolitan level, with the goal of building cumulative knowledge which can help local governments advance sustainable economic and community development.

Deslatte previously taught at Northern Illinois University and is an affiliated faculty member with the Local Governance Research Laboratory at Florida State University. He also spent many years as a journalist covering politics and government in Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, and Florida, including a term as the Tallahassee Bureau Chief at the Orlando Sentinel.

He earned his Ph.D. in public administration from Florida State University. He also earned two master’s degrees from Florida State, including his MPA and M.S. in political science. His undergraduate degree is from Missouri Southern State University.


  • National Science Foundation CNH2-L grant recipient to study Transition Dynamics in Integrated Urban Water Systems (Co-PI), (2019-24), $1,499,157
  • Clarence Stone Young Scholar Award, American Political Science Association, Urban and Local Politics Section, 2018
  • Graduate Research Fellow, National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) Graduate Student Research Project for Cities and Sustainable Resource Management, 2015
  • ASPA Founders Fellowship, 2014
  • Society of Professional Journalists Award, Political Reporting, 2012

Selected Works