Mari Plikuhn, PhD

Professor of Sociology
Director of Sociology Programs
Director of the Gerontology Center

Dept of Psychology & Behavioral Sciences
University of Evansville

Dr. Mari Plikuhn received her PhD from Purdue University in 2010 in sociology with a graduate minor in gerontology. She also holds graduate degrees in sociology and marriage and family therapy. She was named the University of Evansville Outstanding Teacher of the Year in 2012, presented the Berger Award for Service in 2016, and awarded the Eykamp Prize for Extraordinary Contributions to the University in 2022. Currently, Dr. Plikuhn is the Director of the Gerontology Center at UE, and serves as the Director of Sociology Programs, coordinating the Sociology and Gerontology majors and the Social and Human Services minor, as well as advising for Pre-Social Work.



In addition to her research, Dr. Plikuhn teaches a variety of courses in sociology, including: Marriage and Family, Gender and Sexuality, Death and Dying, Environmental Sociology, and Research Methods.

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Dr. Plikuhn's research draws on diverse topics in the sociology of family. The primary focus of her research within family sociology has been on first-generation college students and the role of family in determining academic outcomes. In addition, she explores fertility, perinatal loss, and social support, and intergenerational perceptions of older adults. Outside of family sociology, she maintains an active research agenda in the scholarship of teaching and learning.

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