Kevin Zayed

Kevin Zayed

Juliana Wilson Thompson Visiting Assistant Professor of Education

Office: Morgan 227
Phone: 330-287-1955
Pronouns: He/Him/His


  • B.A., Michigan State University, 2008 (Social Relations and Policy) 
  • B.A., Michigan State University, 2008 (History)
  • M.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2009 (Educational Policy Studies)
  • Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2016 (Educational Policy Studies)

Get to know Kevin

Kevin S. Zayed is Juliana Wilson Thompson Visiting Assistant Professor of Education at The College of Wooster. His research interests include the history ofK-12 schools and institutions of higher learning,curriculum theory, and curriculum reform. More specifically, he focuses on the history of general and liberal education because this is the portion of the curriculum where individuals negotiate, shape, and transmit competing conceptions of culture and citizenship. Dr. Zayed seeks to understand what drives curriculum reform by exploring how underserved populations resisted pressure to conform to standardized courses of study and instead constructed representative and relevant curricula.

His writing has been featured in journals such as Perspectives on the History of Higher Education, theJournal of General Education, andthe Journal of Comparative and International Higher Education. He has also contributed chapters to volumes including Educating a Working Society: Vocationalism, The Smith-Hughes Act, and Modern America. Dr. Zayed is currently preparing a book-length manuscript tentatively titled Cooperation Without Consensus: Liberal Education and the Politics of Curriculum Reformandco-editing a proposal for a special issue that focuses on diverse approaches to teaching the foundations of education.

Prior to joining The College of Wooster in 2020, Dr. Zayed taughtat Connecticut College, Denison University, the University of MontanaMissoula, and Rockford University. He has taught coursesonthehistorical, philosophical, sociological, legal, psychological, and political foundations of education. In addition, he has offered seminars on critical pedagogy, classroom management, and higher education access.

Courses Taught

  • EDUC 199: Schooling in the City: An Introduction to Urban Education
  • EDUC 199: Teaching Globally Engaged Learners
  • EDUC 300: Classroom Management as Social Justice