Ketty Wong 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 her Ph. D. in ethnomusicology from the University of Texas at Austin with a dissertation on how urban popular music has constructed varied perceptions of Ecuadorian national identity. She also holds a master’s degree in ethnomusicology from UT Austin and a master's in musicology from the Moscow Conservatory P. I. Tchaikovsky. Her research interests focus on Latin American art, folk, and traditional music, nationalisms, identity, migration, globalization, and ballroom dancing in China.
Prof. Wong is the author of Whose National Music? Identity, Mestizaje, and Migration in Ecuador (2012), Luis Humberto Salgado: Un Quijote de la Música (2004), and co-author of Corsino Durán: Un trabajador del pentagrama musical (1993). A Spanish version of her book Whose National Music? received the Casa de las Américas Musicology Award for the best monograph on a Latin American music topic written in 2010, and was published in Cuba in 2012. 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.
Prof. Wong has presented papers and lectures at conferences in the United States, Canada, and Latin America. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including 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. She was the assistant editor of the Latin American Music Review (1997-1999).