Katherine Pieper received her PhD and MA in communication from USC Annenberg. Her research interests include employment patterns in film and television, with a particular focus on diversity in key production roles. She has worked with Stacy Smith and Marc Choueiti at the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative at USC Annenberg since 2012.
Pieper graduated with a BA in communication from Michigan State University in 2003. Pieper’s dissertation focused on the role of social support in a three-year maternal and child health intervention in Cambodia. Between 2007 and 2011, she worked in communication and resource development, including proposal writing, reporting, and design of monitoring and evaluation activities for a non-governmental organization based in Phnom Penh.