Ketty Wong-Cruz joined the KU faculty in August 2006, having taught previously at the University of Texas at Austin and in her home country Ecuador. She received a Master's and Ph. degree in ethnomusicology from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Master's degree from the Moscow Conservatory P. I. Chaikovsky. She is a member of Ecuador's National Academy of History. Her research interests focus on Latin American classical, folk, and traditional music, Luis Humberto Salgado, Ecuadorian popular music, nationalisms, identity, migration, globalization, and ballroom dancing in China.
Prof. Wong-Cruz is the author of Whose National Music? Identity, Mestizaje and Migration (2012) and Luis Humberto Salgado: Un Quijote de la Música (2004). The Spanish version of her book Whose National Music? received the Casa de las Americas Musicology Award (2010) and was published in Havana in 2012. The English version also received the Latin American Studies Association, Ecuadorian Studies Section Publication Award in 2013.
She has written articles and reviews for Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart, The Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World, Latin American Music Review, Worlds of Music, Boletín Música de la Casa de las Américas (Havana), Cuadernos de Nación (Bogotá), Revista Ecuador Debate (Quito), and the Virtual Library of the Banco Central del Ecuador.
She was the Assistant Editor of the Latin American Music Review (1997-1999). She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Fulbright U.S. Senior Scholar Grant and scholarships from the Fulbright Commission in Ecuador, the ex-USSR government, the Delta Kappa Gamma International Fellowship, the Dean's Graduate Fellowship of the College of Fine Arts, and the Cullen Continuing Fellowship from the University of Texas at Austin.
I teach five courses (2+3) in the academic year for major and non-major students. Music in World Cultures (MUSC 560), Latin American Music (MUSC 305), Music in East Asia (MUSC 308), and six 5-week online graduate review courses on music history on a regular basis. I also teach a graduate seminar and upper-division courses on specific topics, such as Studies in Ethnomusicology, Song and Symphony in 19th-century Russian music, and courses examining the intersection of music with identity, nationalism, and globalization. Students interested in particular topics take independent studies with me. I am also a thesis advisor and a member of Ph.D., DMA, and MM committees.
- Music History
- World music
- Latin American music
- East Asian music
- 19th-Century Russian music, music and identity, world music pedagogy, and nationalism in music
Currently, I have three areas of research: 1) the symphonic music of Ecuadorian composer Luis Humberto Salgado, 2) musics of the Liberal Revolution period in Ecuador i(1890-1925), and 3) the impact of Western social dances in China. To these ends, I conduct fieldwork and archival research, and present my research findings in the format of books and journal articles published in both English and Spanish. I also present conference papers on topics related to race, ethnicity, identity, and social-class differences in Ecuador.
- Latin America
- Luis Humberto Salgado
- Liberal Revolution in Ecuador, nationalism
- Popular music
- Salsa and ballroom dancing in China, band music in Ecuador.
I serve the School of Music, KU, my professional society, and international educational institutions in several ways–as a committee member at KU's International Office Program, Center of Latin American Studies, Hall Center, and Graduate Studies; as a reviewer for musical encyclopedias and academic journals; as a consultant, adviser, and adjudicator; and as a council member and chairperson of the Latin American Music Section for the Society of Ethnomusicology. For the last five years I have been a member of the KU Fulbright Committee to review and rank students' applications.