Meg Streams, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Public Administration

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Mailing Address

Tennessee State University
Dept. of Public Administration
330 10th Avenue N
Mail Stop 140
Nashville TN  37203-3401


PhD in Public Administration, Univ. of Kentucky
MPA, Univ. of Kentucky
MS, Biology, Penn State
BS, Biology, French minor, Penn State

615-852-7112 phone
615-345-0507 fax
office - Avon Williams Campus 4th Flr. Suite F Room 403

Courses Frequently Taught

  • PADM 6230 Public Budgeting & Finance (MPA) (hybrid)
  • PADM 6190 Financial Management for Health and Nonprofit Organizations (MPA, Healthcare and Nonprofit Graduate Certificates) (hybrid)
  • PADM 6150 Information Technology & the Public Sector (online)
  • PADM 7230 Seminar in Public Budgeting & Finance (PhD)


Recent Publications and Presentations


Bio | Curriculum vitae  |  LinkedIn  Public finance blog

Meg Streams joined the College of Public Service and Urban Affairs in August, 2008. She is a 2007 graduate of the Martin School of Public Policy and Administration at the University of Kentucky. Her area of interest is public finance and budgeting, in particular intergovernmental and fiscal federalism questions, with a policy interest in education. Dr. Streams' dissertation focused on issues arising from the joint public finance of K-12 and postsecondary education. Recent funded research includes a grant with co-PI Dr. Soumen Ghosh (Economics and Finance, TSU) supported by the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, Analyzing factors underlying sustainable competitiveness of Tennessee counties and cities.  Dr. Streams also served as a co-principal investigator on the Spencer Foundation grant Teacher Careers in Rural Schools  (2009 - 2011) with colleagues at the University of Kentucky and University of Kansas. That project involved analysis of a large, novel administrative dataset for the Kentucky's public school system over a twenty-five year period. Key aspects addressed in this project include the impact of education reform on teacher compensation patterns; rural vs. urban teacher mobility among schools and districts; and rural teacher career trajectories. Dr. Streams has also consulted for the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority in the area of workforce engagement and data analysis.  Her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Public Budgeting & Finance, American Review of Public Administration, Education Finance & Policy Economics of Education Review Qualitative Health Research, and Marine Biology. She has served as a reviewer for Public Personnel Management, Public Budgeting & Finance, American Review of Public Administration, and Atlantic Economic Journal among others.

Prior to her studies at the University of Kentucky, Dr. Streams received a B.S. and M.S. in biology from Penn State. She has experience teaching undergraduates and graduate students at a range of institutions from her alma maters Penn State and UK to Swarthmore College. At TSU, she teaches in the areas of public budgeting and finance, public policy analysis, and nonprofit management. Dr. Streams' professional experience is in higher education administration and budgeting. She consults in the areas of survey development and administration, as well as data management and analysis for decision-making.  She is past president of the Tennessee (Nashville) Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration. A native of Pennsylvania, she resides in East Nashville with her husband, John Niedzwiecki, an associate professor of biology at Belmont University.

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