Associate Dean, SPA, Director of MPA, and Associate Professor of Government
Michael W. Hail is an Associate Professor of Government at Morehead State University and Director of the MPA program. He also serves as the Associate Dean of the School of Public Affairs. He received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Delaware, and his A.B. in international economics and philosophy from Centre College. His dissertation was under the direction of Marian Lief Palley and examined cycles of federalism through longitudinal, comparative state case studies of federal rural economic development policy. Hail was formerly the Director of Planning, Policy and Research at the University of Kentucky Center for Rural Development, and just prior to coming to MSU he served as Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Social Issues and Research Associate in the Bryan School of Business and Economics at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His principal research interests are in federalism and intergovernmental relations, economic development, homeland security, program evaluation, and Western political philosophy.
Dr. Hail is a national expert in Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations. He edits The Federalism Report and serves on the governing council for the Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations Section of the American Political Science Association. Dr. Hail recently published substantial contributions to the reference work Federalism In America as well as the C.Q. Press Encyclopedia of the U.S. Constitution, and his work was recently published in the journal P.S. Political Science & Politics. Dr. Hail will present a comparative constitutional assessment of American and Canadian Federalism at the upcoming American Political Science Association meeting in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Hail is also Associate Director of the Institute for Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations at the University of Kentucky.