Perry B. Johnson graduated magna cum laude from Annenberg, receiving her B.A. as a Discovery Scholar with honors in Communication. Perry also earned a Master of Communication Management degree 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. Perry most recently served as the project manager and lead research assistant for Musical Interventions, a large-scale, multi-platform project led by USC Professor Josh Kun that explored the musical connections between Latin American and Los Angeles as part of the Getty Foundation's region-wide initiative Pacific Standard Time: LA/A. Currently, Perry is working with the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center's Popular Music Project, assisting with the design and implementation of a series of interdisciplinary efforts dedicated to investigating gender inequality and diversity in popular music. Perry is also a founding organizer of Annenberg's communication and cultural studies graduate student conference, Critical Mediations. Perry's dissertation explores sexism and sexual misconduct in the popular music industry.