Kiana Cox is a research associate at Pew Research Center, where she works on the Center’s domestic polling about religion. She predominantly contributes to the Center’s work on race and religion, with particular attention to African American communities. Cox earned her doctorate in sociology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to joining the Center, Kiana was an assistant professor and Associate Director of Graduate Studies in Sociology at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She is a contributing author of reports such as Race in America 2019 and Americans Have Positive Views About Religion’s Role in Society, but Want It Out of Politics, as well as other shorter pieces exploring race and religion in the United States.