Corey attended a small liberal arts college in Nebraska, majoring in mathematics and minoring in communication studies. He competed for Hastings College forensics team for four years and had competitive success in national quarterfinal, semifinal, and final rounds. This propelled him to pursue communication studies for a Master's degree at Kansas State University. There he taught public speaking, assisted with the forensics team, and conducted research in organizational communication and critical disability studies. Corey then taught at the University of Nebraska-Kearney for two years, teaching numerous communication courses while volunteering his time coaching high school speech. In the Hugh Downs School, his research focuses on problematic and conflict-ridden communication in everyday social interactions. He employs applied mathematics and game theory to examine conflict, to identify people's varying communication strategies, how choices are reflected in talk when people have only partial information available to them and when they are experiencing heightened emotions, and how this might influence choices to engage in conversational negotiation. He's working to expand the microaggression research program (MRP) by focusing on re-tooling traditional and current communication inquiry in organizational, critical/cultural, and interpersonal contexts.