Faculty and Staff
Dr. James Berry
Schroeder Family Bldg. 55
Dr. Berry received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from Indiana University and has taught at the University of Evansville since 1978. He is currently Director of Sociology Programs. His areas of interest include native North America, Africa, world prehistory, linguistics, and traditional religions. He received the Dean’s Teaching Award in 2003 and the University of Evansville Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award in 2011.
Dr. Kevin Gray
Associate Professor/Sociology and Criminal Justice
Schroeder Family Bldg. 56
Dr. Gray joined the University of Evansville in the Fall of 2005. He earned his Ph.D. at Michigan State University and his M.S. at the University of Alabama. His undergraduate degree was in Sociology from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama.|Dr. Gray coordinates the Criminal Justice program at the University of Evansville. He teaches Introduction to CJ, Deviance and Crime, Juvenile Justice, Policing, CJ Ethics, International Crime and Justice, and Corrections.
Dr. Timothy O'Brien
Timothy L. O'Brien received his Ph.D. in sociology from Indiana University in 2013. His primary interests are in sociology of law, sociology of science, political sociology, and quantitative research methods. Current projects examine (1) how social characteristics of expert witnesses matter for the construction of scientific expertise in courts, and (2) how individual-level perspectives on science and religion shape political conflict in the United States.
Dr. Mari Plikuhn
Schroeder Family Bldg. 62
Mari Plikuhn received her Ph.D. from Purdue University in 2010 in Sociology. She also holds graduate degrees in Sociology and Marriage & Family Therapy. Her area of specialization are in the Sociology of Education, Social Problems, Death and Dying, and Marriage and Family. Dr. Plikuhn was named the University of Evansville Outstanding Teacher of the Year in 2012.
Dr. Hanns Pieper
Professor Emeritus of Sociology
Hanns G. Pieper, Professor of Sociology and Gerontology, completed his graduate work at Louisiana State University and the University of Georgia. He joined the UE faculty in 1977. His areas of specialization include medical sociology, gerontology and research methodology/statistical analysis.|He is the author of over 35 professional research papers, several short monographs and a book about nursing homes called the Nursing Home Primer. He also writes a newspaper column about aging. Professor Pieper regularly involves students in his research and was awarded the Alumni Outstanding Research/Creative Activity Award in 1988 and the Dean's Teaching Award in 2005. Dr. Pieper is also the Director of the University of Evansville Gerontology Center.
Mrs. Kay Norris
Administrative Assistant/Law, Politics & Society
Schroeder Family Bldg. 50