Helena Simonett holds a master’s degree (Lic. Phil. I) from the University of Zurich, Switzerland, and a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She was a faculty member at Vanderbilt University (Nashville, Tennessee) where she also served as associate director of the Center for Latin American Studies. Simonett conducted extensive research on Mexican popular music and its transnational diffusion, as well as on indigenous ceremonial music. She joined Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts as a Senior Research Associate in 2017.
She is a member of the Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM), the International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM), the International Association for the Study of Popular Music—América Latina (IASPM-AL), and the British Forum for Ethnomusicology (BFE).
Main research interests:
- Transnational music and culture
- Latin American music
- Mexican indigenous musical life
- Music and identity
- Music and perception
- Music and emotion
- Applied ethnomusicology
- Musical anthropology