Michael Hattery, Ph.D

(585) 395-5564
Office: Brockport Downtown 536


Dr. Hattery has a range of experience as a student of state and local government. He has conducted applied research, graduate teaching as well as community based technical assistance and adult education for state and local officials. His work and interests are centered in the areas of local public finance, organization and service delivery alternatives. He has done significant work in the areas of management capacity building, budgeting and analysis of intergovernmental service delivery options and service cost analysis particularly among local governments in non-metropolitan regions.


  • PhD in Community and Regional Studies, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. .
    Dissertation Title: Revenue Support for Local Public Services: A Comparative Analysis of General Purpose Aid and Local Optional Taxes.
  • Master of Public Administration. Specialization: Quantitative Methods, Ohio State University, Department of Public Administration, Columbus, Ohio
  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Mathematics, Marietta College, Marietta, Ohio

Courses Taught

  • Binghamton University
    • Intergovernmental Relations and Management (MPA, PAFF 533)
    • Public and Non-Profit Budgeting & Finance (MPA, PAFF 527)
    • Independent Study (MPA)
  • Cornell University
    • New York State Local Government and Governance (Applied Economics & Management 494, 694)
  • Ohio State University
    • Statistical Techniques for Management Decisions (upper level undergraduate)

Community Service

  • Local Empire Zone Administration Board - Tompkins County, NY, 2006- 2017
  • Independent Redistricting Commission - Tompkins County, NY, 2011-2012
  • County Legislator, Tompkins County, NY, 2006 – 2009
  • Board member, Tompkins County Industrial Development Authority, 2006-2008
  • Town Councilman, Town of Dryden, NY 2004-2005
  • Trustee, Village of Dryden, NY 1991-2004, 2013 - 2017

Professional Experience

  • State University of New York, SUNY Brockport, Department of Public Administration, Faculty Fellow and Coordinator of Public Management Program, February 2018 to Present
  • The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, State University of New York, Senior Research Associate and Director of Local Government Studies, February, 2013 to 2017.
  • University at Albany, State University of New York, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, Associate Director, Program on Local & Intergovernmental Studies, October, 2011 to January, 2013.
  • Binghamton University, College of Community and Public Affairs, Department of Public Administration, Senior Research Associate and Director, Center for Local Government, February 2007 to June 2011.
    Founding Director of the Center for Local Government, an applied research and public service unit in the Department of Public Administration. Conducted applied research (externally funded), case studies and technical assistance projects with local governments. Created mixed format governance training program for elected board members in the region. Created and taught new MPA course in Intergovernmental C.V. Management for Local Government concentration. Revised and taught core MPA course in Financial Management and Budgeting.
  • Cornell University, Department of Applied Economics and Management, Senior Extension Associate and Director Local Government Program. 2002 to December, 2006.
    Principal investigator for a variety of applied research and extension outreach projects on local government topics. Also, led the creation of two statewide training partnerships: (1) Cornell Municipal Clerks Institute, (2) Joint training program for county officials with New York Association of Counties (currently The Dennis A. Pelletier County Government Institute).
  • Cornell University, Local Government Program. Research Associate, 1989 to 2002.
    Principal investigator for a variety of applied research and extension/outreach projects on local government topics, including intergovernmental service delivery and management. Led development, testing and implementation of a three-state municipal capital planning software project. Served as Director, of Cornell Local Economic Development Center (A US EDA Sponsored University Center at Cornell University).
  • Cornell University, Local Government Program. Research Support Specialist, 1982 to 1988.
    Project Director for a multi-year research project on revising state revenue sharing, sponsored by the NYS Legislative Commission on State Local Relations. Various other project leadership responsibilities including development, testing, and implementation of spreadsheet based municipal budget software for nonmetropolitan New York local governments.
  • Foundation for Human Service Studies, Ithaca, NY, Research Associate. 1981 to 1982.
    Staff Research for National Evaluation Design Project for U.S. Community Services Administration.
  • Cornell University, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Research and teaching assistant. 1978-81
  • Ohio State University, Faculty of Management Sciences, College of Administrative Science, Instructor, 1977-78. Statistical Techniques for Management Decisions (an undergraduate methods course for business majors).
  • Ohio State University, School of Public Administration, Research Assistant, 1975-77.