She received her BA from Columbia University and her MA and PhD in Art History at Harvard University, specializing in art in France during the Occupation. Her research straddles the fields of Art History, Visual Culture and Holocaust Studies with a strong focus on visual ethics, atrocity photography, exhibition design, the relationship between aesthetics, politics and memory.
Dr. Perry currently teaches in the Weiss Livnat Graduate Program in Holocaust Studies at the University of Haifa and in the History of Art department at Tel Aviv University. She is the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, among them: an EHRI Fellowship at the Mémorial de la Shoah in Paris, a Sharon Abramson Research Grant from the Holocaust Educational Foundation, a Getty Postdoctoral Fellowship and the Ailsa Mellon Bruce Senior Fellowship at CASVA (the Center for Advanced Studies in Visual Culture at the National Gallery in Washington DC). Last year, she was a Senior Research Fellow at the Yad Vashem International Institute for Holocaust Research for a new research project on early postwar exhibitions related to the Shoah, provisionally titled Exhibiting the Holocaust: Histories, Practices and Politics in the Immediate Postwar Period, 1944-1949. In 2018, she curated the exhibition “Arrivals, Departures: The Oscar Ghez Collection” at the Hecht Museum and authored the catalogue A Memorial to Jewish Artists, Victims of Nazism. Her articles have appeared in many peer reviewed journals including October, History and Memory, Les Cahiers du Musée national d’art moderne, Revue 20/21ème siècle, Holocaust Studies: A Journal of Culture and History, French Cultural Studies, RIHA and Art Bulletin. Her most recent article, entitled “Nathalie Kraemer’s Rising Voice: Letting the Silences of History Speak” appeared in Ars Judaica in 2020.