Interdisciplinary Studies Department

Programs / American Studies: Program Faculty

Tanya Brinkley

Contact Information

Office: Kennesaw Campus
Phone: 470-578-


Tanya received a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from Walden University in February 2014, a Master of Social Work (MSW) with a Certificate in Labor and Industry from the University of Pittsburgh in 1985, and a Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW) from Edinboro University in 1983.

She is currently a part-time faculty member with Northcentral University in Prescott Valley, Arizona. She serves as a subject matter expert and dissertation committee member for eight doctoral candidates. She served in the United States Army as a Military Police Officer in the Georgia Army National Guard for twenty-five years until she medically retired in June 2008.

Prior to the U.S. Army, Tanya was a social worker in Atlanta, Georgia. She worked for Cobb General Hospital and Brawner Psychiatric Hospital from 1985 to 1988. She also worked for Families First as a Marriage and Family Therapist and an Industrial Social Worker through 1991.

Her dissertation title is A Case Study of the United States Veterans’ Disability Compensation Policy Subsystem. As part of the theoretical framework, she used social construction and policy design theory to analyze policy gaps in the formulation and implementation of U.S. veterans’ disability compensation policy. She enrolled in the MA Program in American Studies at Kennesaw State because she would like to continue learning and writing about social constructions of women’s policy issues and would like to teach Gender and Women’s Studies. Tanya would also like to intersect and update past education and career experiences by become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Georgia.

She has been married nineteen years to a recently retired Army Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Farrell who is now pursing his Ph.D. in Management. They live in Mableton, Georgia with their Blue Tick Beagle, Ramsey. Tanya hopes to live long enough to see women serve as Infantry Officers and see a women become the President of the United States.

American Studies Faculty