Dr. Kyler J. Sherman-Wilkins


Sociology and Anthropology
Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

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Missouri State University
Sociology and Anthropology
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897



  • PhD, Sociology and Demography, 2017, The Pennsylvania State University
  • MA, Sociology and Demography, 2015, The Pennsylvania State University
  • BS, Human Development and Family Studies, 2011, Cornell University


  • SOC 150 Introduction to Society
  • SOC 301 Research Methodology
  • SOC 302 Statistics for Social Research
  • GER 375/SOC 375 Social Forces and Aging
  • SOC 397 Social Inequalities in Health and Aging
  • SOC 450 Population, Society, and Public Policy
  • SOC 480 Health Inequities Across the Life Course

Professional experience

Selected publications

  • Thierry, Amy D., Kyler J. Sherman-Wilkins, Marina Armendariz, Allison Sullivan, and Heather R. Farmer. 2021. “Perceived Neighborhood Characteristics and Cognitive Functioning among Diverse Older Adults: An Intersectional Approach.” International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18:1-14.
  • Sherman-Wilkins, Kyler J., and Amy D. Thierry. 2019. “Education as the Great Equalizer? Racial and Ethnic Differences in Returns of Education on Cognitive Functioning in Late Life.” Geriatrics 4(51):1-13.
  • Alwin, Duane F., Jason R. Thomas, and Kyler J. Sherman-Wilkins. 2018. “Race, Social Relations and the Life Course.” in Social Networks and the Life Course, edited by D. Alwin, D. Felmlee, and D. Kreager. New York, NY: Springer.
  • Pudrvoska, Tetyana, Eric Reither, *Ellis Logan, and *Kyler J. Sherman-Wilkins. 2014. “Gender and Reinforcing Association between Socioeconomic Disadvantage and Body Mass over the Life Course.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 55(3):283-301.

Research and professional interests

  • Life course sociology and aging
  • Disparities in health and aging
  • Cognitive health and Alzheimer’s dementia
  • College student success and health
  • Social integration and health
  • Survey methodology

Awards and honors

  • Mellon Emerging Faculty Leaders Award, 2021
  • Missouri State University Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2021
  • Curtis P. Lawrence Award for Excellence in Advising, Missouri State University, 2021
  • Division of Student Affairs’ Bridge Builder Award, Missouri State University, 2019
  • National Institute on Aging’s Butler-Williams Scholar, National Institutes of Health, 2019
  • Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center Research Scholar, Rush University Hospital, 2019
  • Science-Industry Research Collaborations Trainee, Stanford University, 2018
  • International Travel Award, Missouri State University, 2017
  • Diversity Scholar Award, Missouri State University, 2017

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