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Tammy Birk, Ph.D. - Otterbein University. Columbus, OH, US

Tammy Birk, Ph.D. Tammy Birk, Ph.D.

Director, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program. Associate Professor | Otterbein University


Tammy Birk is an expert in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and an Associate Professor at Otterbein University



Tammy Birk is an Associate Professor of English and has been director of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program since 2009. She regularly teaches in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies foundational core as well as courses in experimental women’s writing, contemporary graphic narrative, gender and madness, and seminars in topics as varied as Disability Cultures and Human/Animal: Seminar in Critical Animal Studies. Her research interests are centered on critical cosmopolitanism and its radicalizing impact on global learning pedagogy. Birk also advises a number of student organizations, including the WGSS honorary and Otterbein’s feminist and queer-friendly zine, kate. Outside of work, Birk is involved in local political activity and activism, Buddhist meditation and study, pit bull rescue, and leading a monthly discussion series called ‘Seekers and Healers’ at Wild Goose Creative. She is the mother of one daughter.

Areas of Expertise (11)


Gender and madness

Feminism & Gender Studies

Feminist praxis and dissent

Critical Cosmopolitan Pedagogy

Women's Studies

Gender & Sexuality Studies

Experimental Women’s Writing


Graphic narrative and medicine

Critical Animal Studies

Accomplishments (1)

Citizen Faculty Award (professional)


Citizen Faculty Award, 2016

Education (3)

The Ohio State University: Ph.D, English 2011

The Ohio State University: M.A., Feminist Theory 1993

Miami University: B.A., Philosophy, History & Political Science 1987

Affiliations (4)

  • National Women’s Studies Association
  • Women’s and Gender Studies et Recherches Féministes
  • Modern Language Association
  • Comic Studies Society

Languages (1)

  • English