After graduation, Perry spent three months in Taiwan in intensive Chinese language study and then participated in a ten-week program in advanced Chinese at Middlebury College. She completed her masters and doctoral degrees in the ensuing eight years, briefly teaching in the political science department at the University of Arizona from 1977-1978. In 1978 she joined the faculty at the University of Washington's School of International Studies, becoming an associate professor in 1982 and a full professor four years later.
Contribution: Asian Studies Expert, Henry Rosovsky Professor of Government at Harvard University
College Activities: Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Gamma Mu, Little Theatre, the Herald, Canterbury Club, the Echo and Pine, Secretary of the International Relations Club
Other Education: University of Washington (Political Science, M.A., 1971), University of Michigan (Political Science, Ph.D., 1978)