University of Evansville


With a comprehensive curriculum and award-winning faculty, the University of Evansville's sociology program prepares students for successful careers in both graduate school and the professional field.

Faculty and Staff

James Berry

Dr. James Berry

Associate Professor/Anthropology
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.

Kevin Gray

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.

Timothy O'Brien

Dr. Timothy O'Brien

Assistant Professor/Sociology

Timothy L. O’Brien joined the faculty of the University of Evansville in 2013 after earning his Ph.D. in sociology from Indiana University the same year. His areas of specialization are law, science, knowledge, politics, and religion. He teaches introductory sociology, race and ethnicity, social theory, and statistics, among other classes. His research focuses on how authority, credibility, and expertise are created and maintained in legal and political settings.| His dissertation is a mixed-methods analysis of how expert witnesses acquire influence in courts. In another series of papers, he examines the role of experts in public policy decisions. In a third set of papers, he focuses on how science and religion shape United States political culture. His work appears in journals such as American Sociological Review (forthcoming), Science, Technology, and Human Values, and Public Understanding of Science.

Mari Plikuhn

Dr. Mari Plikuhn

Assistant Professor/Sociology
Schroeder Family Bldg. 62

Dr. 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 research specialization is in family sociology, specifically in the success of first-generation college students.| Dr. Plikuhn teaches courses in Marriage and Family, Gender and Sexuality, and Death and Dying. Dr. Plikuhn was named the University of Evansville Outstanding Teacher of the Year in 2012, and currently serves as the Governor of Indiana for Pi Gamma Mu, International Honor Society for the Social Sciences.

Hanns Pieper

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

Mrs. Kay Norris

Administrative Assistant/Law, Politics & Society
Schroeder Family Bldg. 50