Corey D. Fields is Associate Professor and Idol Family Term Chair at Georgetown University. He received his Ph.D. in sociology 2011 from Northwestern University. His research explores the role of identity – at both the individual and collective level – in structuring social life, and contributes to the ongoing analysis of the relationship between identity, experience, and culture. His work draws on a cultural perspective – across a range of methodological approaches – that emphasizes the role of meaning and 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 (2016, University of California Press).