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354 Rader Hall
Morehead, KY 40351
Phone: 606-783-2655
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Hail, Michael, Professor of Government
Program/Dept: Public Management & Government
Degrees, Licensures and Certifications: Ph.D. Political Science, University of Delaware; A.B. International Economics, Centre College
Research Interests: • The American Founding
• American Political Thought
• Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations
Contact Info:
110 F Combs Building
Phone: 606-783-5407


Michael 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, as well as in Publius: The Journal of Federalism.

Dr. Hail is co-editing a book on Kentucky politics with Dr. James Clingerand he serves as principal investigator of numerous federal grants from the US Department of Commerce, US Department of Homeland Security, US Department of Energy, and US Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Dr. Hail is also Associate Director of the Institute for Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations at the University of Kentucky.

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"...I have always said that MSU's Department of History, Philosophy, International and Legal Studies is a hidden treasure not just in the state, but also in the country. The education I received through the history program is unmatched. I will always be grateful for the doors of opportunity opened through my education under professors who are on the forefront of historical scholarship."

--Ashley Sorrell

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