Perry B. Johnson is a Ph.D. candidate at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and a research fellow with The Popular Music Project at USC Annenberg's Norman Lear Center, where she is working to design and implement a series of public-facing, interdisciplinary efforts dedicated to investigating gender inequality and diversity in popular music. As part of this effort, Perry is co-executive producing The New New, a new podcast and collaborative project with GIRLSCHOOL that highlights artists, activists, and industry innovators challenging inequity through popular culture. Perry's doctoral dissertation, "How the Light Gets In": Sexual Misconduct and Disclosure in the Music Industry, investigates sexism and the structural barriers within the music industry that keep women from coming forward with experiences of sexual misconduct. Perry graduated magna cum laude from Annenberg, receiving her B.A. as a Discovery Scholar with honors in Communication. She also earned a Master of Communication Management degree and an M.A. in Communication from USC. Her master's thesis investigated gender-based representations of athletes in contemporary sports coverage. Before joining Annenberg's doctoral program, Perry worked as a communication strategist, consulting with clientele in such industries as visual and performing arts, publishing, entertainment, business, and design.