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Jada Watson

Adjunct Professor / Researcher, University of Ottawa

Country music, Gender representation in country music, Popularity charts, Charting data, Radio programming, Genre culture

Media

Broadcast Dialogue, May 3, 2019Radio/Podcast

URL: https://broadcastdialogue.com/broadcast-dialogue-the-podcast-dr-jada-watson-on-the-widening-gender-gap-in-country-radio/

Connie Thiessen spoke with Dr. Watson about her April 2019 study of gender representation on country radio.

Country music has a women program

The Big Story, July 29, 2019Radio/Podcast

URL: https://thebigstorypodcast.ca/2019/07/29/country-music-gender-gap/

The Big Story guest host Sarah Boesveld spoke with Dr. Watson about her April 2019 study of gender representation on country radio. They discussed the study's findings, the reasons for the declining presence of women on the radio format, the impact on female artists, and on the industry at large.

Biography

Jada Watson is an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Ottawa, where she teaches in Music, Digital Humanities and Information Science. Her research focuses on issues of inclusion and diversity in popular music culture, focusing specifically on issues of gender representation on country format radio and popularity charts. Her current research program, entitled SongData, uses data curated from popularity charts to examine how genre cultures form, develop and evolve over time. She is also the Coordinator of Digital Humanities at the Faculty of Arts and is responsible for running the DH workshop and lecture series. She holds a Diploma in Piano Performance from Cambrian College; an Honours Bachelor of Bachelor of Arts with Specialization in Music and Minor in Russian, a Master of Arts in Musicology and a Master of Arts in Information Studies all from the University of Ottawa; and a PhD in Musicology from Université Laval.

Research Grants

Gender Representation in the Country Music Industry, 1944-2017

Organization: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

More information: https://songdata.ca/projects/gender-representation-in-country/

A data-driven history of country music’s “geo-cultural” origins

Organization: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

More information: https://songdata.ca/projects/the-geography-of-country-music/

Expertise

  • Country music
  • Gender representation in country music
  • Popularity charts
  • Charting data
  • Genre culture