Corey D. Fields is an associate professor and the Idol Family Chair in the Sociology Department at Georgetown University. His research explores the role of identity – at the individual and collective level – in structuring social life. He draws on a cultural perspective – across a range of methodological approaches – that emphasizes the role of meaning and meaning-making, while recognizes that identities are enacted in specific social contexts. Corey is the author of Black Elephants in the Room: The Unexpected Politics of African-American Republicans. The book explores the dynamic relationship between race and political institutions in contemporary U.S. politics. He has published in Social Psychology Quarterly, Social Currents, Cultural Sociology, and Sociological Forum. He’s also published and been cited in general media outlets. Currently, he’s working on a few new projects. One project interrogates the relationship between social and profession identity through the experiences of African Americans in the advertising industry. Another uses interviews from the American Voices Project to examine racial differences in individuals’ experiences of the COVID-19 pandemic and protests against police injustice. A third project analyzes public organizational statements about COVID-19 and racial injustice.