Douglas Snow, PhD

Professor Emeritus of the Institute of Public Service

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Dr. Snow’s primary research interests lie in the fiscal health and budget practices of state and local governments. His recent work examines the budget practices of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts since the Great Recession and during the Covid-19 pandemic, the capacity of Massachusetts municipal governments to build financial reserves, and decentralization of budgetary control in Massachusetts school districts.

He is an expert on the development and use of budgetary stabilization funds and financial reserves by Massachusetts local governments. He has co-authored four articles that chronicle the budgetary practices and policies of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from the time of the Great Recession to the present. He is a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting and Financial Management and is frequently asked to perform double blind reviews of articles submitted to public administration journals.

Professional Activities

  • Editorial Review Board Member, Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting, and Financial Management. (2009 - Present).
  • Treasurer, Massachusetts Chapter American Society for Public Administration, Boston, MA. (July 1, 2019 - Present).


Recent Intellectual Contributions

Smith-Walter, A., Snow, D. R. (2020). Making Budget Decisions in the Shadow of the Covid-19 Pandemic: The Massachusetts Case. Municipal Finance Journal, 41 (3), 61-73.

Snow, D., Burke, B. (2019). The Practice of State Budgeting in Massachusetts: The Long-Term Effects of Structural Imbalance. Municipal Finance Journal, 40(1 & 2), 77-100.

Snow, D., Gianakis, G., Haughton, J. (2015). The Politics of Local Government Stabilization Funds. Public Administration Review, 75(2), 304-314.

Snow, D., Williamson, A. (2015). Accountability and Micromanagement: Decentralized Budgeting in Massachusetts School Districts. Public Administration Quarterly (Southern Public Administration Education Foundation), 39(2), 30 220-258.

Teaching Case

Snow, D. (2017). Bedford Falls Academy Charter School Case Study. University of Washington Evans School of Public Policy & Governance, Electronic Hallway.

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Courses Taught

PAD713: Managing Financial Resources
PAD890: Strategic Management
PAD817: Administrative Strategy State/Local Government
PAD827: Financing State & Local Government
PAD715: Quantitative Analysis
PAD712: Information Based Management
PAD847: Nonprofit Financial Management
MCPM713: Financial Administration in State Government

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Degrees/Professional Certifications

  • PhD, Northern Illinois University
  • MPA, Brigham Young University
  • BA, Idaho State University