Helis Sikk

Helis Sikk

Gillespie Visiting Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Department/Affiliation: Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Phone: 330-287-1913
Office Address: 011 Kauke


  • B.A., University of Tartu, Estonia, 2008
  • M.A., University of Wyoming, 2010
  • Ph.D., The College of William and Mary, 2016

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • Queer Documentary
  • Queer Comics
  • LGBTQ Memoir
  • Queer Self-Expression Post-1960s
  • Queer Comics
  • Queer Visual Culture



Helis Sikk is the Gillespie Visiting Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies (WGSS). Dr. Sikk was a 2014 Phil Zwickler Fellow at Cornell University and a 2016-2017 Smithsonian Postdoctoral Fellow. Her research takes a feral multidisciplinary approach in exploring the relationships between queerness, affect, the built environment, communities, media, and visual cultures. She is currently working on her monograph, Mainstreaming Violence:  Affect, Activism, and Queer Politics of Place, which traces the affective genealogy of anti-LGBTQ violence since the 1960s. Dr. Sikk is also co-editing a collection of essays documenting the cultural legacy of Matthew Shepard.