Meg Streams, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Graduate Programs Coordinator
Department of Public Administration

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office |  Avon Williams Campus 4th Flr. Suite F Room 403

mailing address |  TSU Dept. of Public Administration
330 10th Avenue N, Mail Stop 140
Nashville TN 37203-3401

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full curriculum vitae

courses frequently taught

recent outreach activities

  • Streams, ME, Ghosh S, and Roberts J [TSU PhD student]. Tennessee Municipal League Annual Conference, Gatlinburg, TN. "Sustainable competitiveness of the counties and cities of Tennessee: what did we learn from Tennessee local officials?" June 2016.
  • Streams, ME & Frederick, A. [TSU MPA alumnus] (2015, August 18). "Anxieties of Federalism and Common Core: standardization across borders." PA Times Online, publication of the American Society for Public Administration.
  • Streams, ME, Ghosh, S. Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Affairs, Nashville TN. June 11, 2015. Invited presentation on grant project results. "Sustainable competitiveness for Tennessee counties: A collaboration between TACIR and TSU." See also commentary on talk and project by David Connor, Exec. Director of Tennessee County Services Association (p. 2, May/June 2015 issue of Tennessee County News)
  • Streams, ME. Invited presentation. Kentucky Economics Association annual conference, Frankfort, KY. "When economists talk [education], people listen..." as part of panel "Economics of education issues in Kentucky and beyond."

recent peer-reviewed publications

recent conference presentations

  • Marioni, R, Streams, ME. Southeastern Conference for Public Administration, Raleigh, NC. October 2016. Paper. "Closing a tax gap? State policy responses to employee misclassification"
  • Streams, ME, Ghosh, S, Roberts, J [TSU PhD student]. Midwest Conference for Public Affairs, Columbus, OH. June 2016. Paper, Local Governance Symposium. "Interjurisdictional collaboration and governance: Qualitative and quantitative insights from Tennessee local officials."
  • Streams, ME, Ghosh, S, Roberts, J [TSU PhD student]. Southeastern Conference for Public Administration, Charleston, SC. October 2015. Paper. "Cooperate or go it alone? Influence of community assets on local policymakers' attitudes towards interjurisdictional collaboration."
  • Martin, M [TSU PhD student], Streams, ME. Southeastern Conference for Public Administration, Charleston, SC. October 2015. Paper. "The evolving market for external funding for global health: Organizational field composition and funding dominance."
  • Streams, ME, Walker, TJ [TSU MPA student]. Social Equity Leadership Conference of the Standing Panel on Social Equity at the National Academy of Public Administration. Annual Conference, Nashville, TN. June 3, 2015. "The 'market' for schooling in Tennessee."


  • PhD in Public Administration, University of Kentucky
  • MPA, University of Kentucky
  • MS, Biology, Pennsylvania State University


Meg Streams joined the College of Public Service at Tennessee State University 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,decision making, 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 a board member of the Southeastern Conference for Public Administration (2016-2018) and past president of the Tennessee 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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