I am a speaker, consultant, and higher education attorney, outspoken on issues of race in the U.S. I focus primarily on institutional representation, diversity and inclusion, and implicit bias, all of which I believe can be meaningfully addressed only by frank discussion between individuals of different races.
My motivation stems in large part from personal experience with law enforcement and the subsequent institutional consequences I encountered as a student at the University of Virginia School of Law. After law school, I practiced law at a Philadelphia law firm, where I advised and represented a wide range of private companies and institutions of higher education. I later joined the Office of the General Counsel at Harvard University and, last year, returned home to Philadelphia where I focus my anti-racism efforts primarily on allyship and the effects of individual and institutional bias.
Feb. 11, 2019: Implicit Bias, Spotlighting, and Dimming: Justice In America Has Never Been Colorblind: U.Va.’s Honor System Is No Different - University of Virginia, Honor Committee, Honor Bicentennial Report
Dec. 14, 2018: Whiteness PROPcast: Fragile, Handle with Care (podcast) - Carly King and Heidi Montague, Columbia University, School of Social Work
Oct. 2, 2018: Op-Ed: Re-examining Honor - The Cavalier Daily
Dec. 4, 2017: After sharing police harassment story, Johnathan Perkins discusses aftermath - The Cavalier Daily
Nov. 15, 2017: Op-Ed: A Routine Traffic Stop Almost Ended my Career Before it Started - The Marshall Project
Sept. 21, 2017: An Interview with Johnathan Perkins - A City Girl, A Country World
Oct. 22, 2018: Law alumnus speaks about his experience with police racial profiling at U.Va. - The Cavalier Daily
Mar. 28, 2018: Man says FBI pressured him to recant racial profiling claim - Associated Press
Nov. 29, 2017: Different story: UVA Law alum re-emerges to explain that racial profiling recant - C-Ville Weekly
Oct. 29, 2017: Law graduate claims he was pressured to recant racial profiling story - The Daily Progress
Oct. 2, 2017: Former law student says he recanted racial profiling claim because of FBI pressure - ABA Journal
Sept. 29, 2017: Was UVA Law Alum Johnathan Perkins Pressured By The FBI Into Recanting His Account Of Racial Profiling? - Above the Law
Sept. 29, 2017: Former Law student says FBI pressured him to recant his claim of racial profiling - The Cavalier Daily