Perry B. Johnson, Ph.D.
- Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Media at Risk & 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 (with Dr. Courtney M. Cox) 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 intersection. In this role, she is developing two research projects. First, a historic examination of the NFL’s Super Bowl halftime show, which includes development of a book manuscript that details a nuanced cultural history of this American entertainment spectacle. The second is an interdisciplinary edited volume, joining scholars and practitioners, offering critical examinations of the relationship between music/sound and sport through engagement with key moments, movements, figures, and histories that highlight the socio-cultural influences, implications, and historical reverberations of this relationship.
Johnson’s primary research and practice focus on music, popular culture, and American cultural histories, with an emphasis on archives, public scholarship, power, identity, and belonging. She is at work on the manuscript for her first book, a cultural history of sexual misconduct in America’s popular music industries and working to develop an accompanying digital archive that captures and maps allegations and incidents of misconduct.
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.
- 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
- COMM 2991 (formerly 290-302) Special Topics // America on Record: Music, Culture, and Identity
- COMM 2010 Power and Misconduct in Popular Music: An Archival Study
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