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 PhD 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. 57

Dr. Gray joined the University of Evansville in the Fall of 2005. He earned his PhD at Michigan State University and his MS 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.

Mari Plikuhn

Dr. Mari Plikuhn

Associate Professor/Sociology
Schroeder Family Bldg. 62

Dr. Mari Plikuhn received her PhD from Purdue University in 2010 in sociology. She also holds graduate degrees in sociology and marriage and 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.

Robert Shelby

Mr. Robert Shelby

Assistant Professor/Sociology
Schroeder Family Bldg. 56


Mrs. Kay Norris

Mrs. Kay Norris

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