Tanya Brinkley, PhD, MSW, U.S. Army (Retired)

Tanya Brinkley is Contributing Faculty at Walden University’s School of Public Policy and Administration. She focuses her research on interdisciplinary topics of policy and social justice. Her current papers and conference presentations focus on disability and at-risk for homelessness advocacy. She is a volunteer member of the Smyrna Community Housing Team, working on solutions for affordable housing and at- risk for homelessness and is forming a Georgia 501(c)3 organization to provide services not currently addressed in Cobb County.  She has been an ASPA GA Council Member since 2014 and Vice-President in 2017/2018. She is a member of Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society. Tanya received her Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from Walden University in 2014. She has graduate degrees in Social Work (University of Pittsburgh, 1985) and American Studies (Kennesaw State University, 2017). She is currently finishing a post-graduate certificate at the Georgia State Institute of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Through the late 1980’s and early 1990’s she worked as a Psychiatric Social Worker at Cobb General Hospital (now WellStar), an Industrial Social Worker at Families First, in Atlanta, and the Georgia Army National Guard State Family Program Coordinator for eight years. She is a retired 26-year veteran of the  Army, Pennsylvania and Georgia Army National Guard, serving in numerous leadership positions to include, Non-Commissioned Officer in a Maintenance Battalion, as a generator equipment repair technician, Military Policy (MP) Lieutenant (Desert Shield/ Storm Veteran) and MP Company Commander, the 4th Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team Operations Officer, Secretary of the General Staff, Battalion Executive Officer, Major Command Administrative and Logistics Officer and Plans Officer, Domestic Operations. As a public service volunteer, she served as a founder, Treasurer and Board Member of the Georgia National Guard Family Support Foundation. She was a Director, National Guard Association of Georgia, for four years and the 2004 State Conference Chair.

As a retiree, she served as the Kennesaw State University, American Studies Student Organization Treasurer, Co-President, and Past President from 2014-2017. In 2016 and 2017, she helped organize the campus-wide American Studies Student Research Symposium, featuring nationally recognized scholars in American Studies. She has been a member, presenter and panel organizer of the Southeastern Women’s Studies Association (SEWSA) since 2015. She is a panel organizer and presenter at the 2018 National Association of Women’s Studies, in November, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia.