Perry Johnson; photo courtesy of Perry Johnson

Perry B. Johnson, Ph.D.

Perry Johnson; photo courtesy of Perry Johnson
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Media at Risk
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Annenberg Center for Collaborative Communication
  • Lecturer, Annenberg Undergraduate Program

Perry B. Johnson’s research and practice focus on music, popular culture, and American cultural histories, with an emphasis on archives, public scholarship, power, identity, and belonging.

Johnson is a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Media at Risk with a joint appointment at the Annenberg Center for Collaborative Communication. She is the co-founder and co-director of The Sound of Victory, an interdisciplinary, multi-platform initiative dedicated to investigating the historical relationship between music, sound, and sport and producer and co-host of Sounding Off, a podcast that highlights the voices of athletes, artists, and public intellectuals working at this cultural intersection. Her current book project, The Sound of Victory: Music, Sport, and Society, is a co-edited volume that expands on this intersection to explore the socio-cultural influences, implications, and historical reverberations of music, sound, and sport, gathering together key voices to explore how this interrelation extends beyond the specific musical moments of athletic games and competitions, linking music, sound, and sport, as well as music and sport industries, through broader shared cultural attributes.

Johnson’s research and practice focus on music, popular culture, and American cultural histories, with an emphasis on archives, public scholarship, power, identity, and belonging. Her doctoral dissertation, “How the Light Gets In: Sexual Misconduct and Disclosure in America’s Music Industries,” examines the historical and enduring prevalence of sexism and sexual misconduct in America’s popular music industries, focusing on the pathways and platforms by which women come forward, the consequences they face for such disclosures, and how women’s voices have been framed by mainstream and social media to argue that sexism and sexual misconduct comprise the foundation upon which America’s music industry was built and the axis around which it has turned since its inception.

Johnson received her Ph.D. from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California, where she had a graduate affiliation in the Department of Gender & Sexuality Studies and was a research fellow with The Popular Music Project at USC Annenberg's Norman Lear Center.

Education

  • B.A., University of Southern California, 2010
  • M.C.G., University of Southern California, 2011
  • M.A., University of Southern California, 2017
  • Ph.D., University of Southern California, 2021

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