Kyler Sherman-Wilkins


Dr. Kyler James Sherman-Wilkins (he/him/his) is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Faculty Affiliate in the Gerontology program at Missouri State University. A social demographer and life course sociologist by training, Dr. Sherman-Wilkins’ research centers around the social and structural determinants of health and health inequities. He is a dedicated and award-winning teacher and adviser who focuses on empowering students to address challenges in their communities through activism and policy.

Dr. Sherman-Wilkins is a proud alum of PRB’s U.S. Policy Communications Fellowship Program, and has also contributed to the program as a working group leader for the past several years. In addition to serving as a PRB Trustee, he also sits on several boards, including the Missouri Foundation for Health, the Missouri Council on Aging, PROMO (Missouri’s statewide LGBTQ+ advocacy organization); and NAACP-Springfield Chapter. Dr. Sherman-Wilkins received his dual Ph.D. in sociology and demography at Penn State and his B.S. in human development and family studies from Cornell University.