Wayne Zhang

Wayne Zhang is part of the class of 2018, and majoring in Political Science. His primary academic interests include education policy, specifically in relationship to race and socioeconomic status. His research interests include understanding how and why individuals decide to pursue teaching as a career. In his spare time, Zhang dives on the Men’s Varsity Swimming/Diving Team, produces videos, and writes for miscellaneous campus publications for fun. Zhang hopes to be a career teacher for middle or high schoolers in history or English.


Zhang is a Public School Intern at Co-Op Arts and Humanities High School. With the moniker “intern,” he does whatever the school needs: TA-ing classes, coordinating Yale guest speakers and groups, managing Co-Op After School Tutors, and chaperoning high school dances.

Zhang also co-directs the Ulysses S. Grant Foundation with fellow Education Studies Scholar Jen Ha. There, he recruits, hires, and implements professional development for seven Yale undergraduate teachers; teaches self-designed elective courses and organized field trips for 70 students with parent feedback; writes annual report about budget, logistics, and curriculum; and presents regularly to non-profit board.

Through Education Studies funding, Zhang worked at EF Education first, the largest private education company in the world as a multimedia intern. He has taught through Community Health Educators, Yale SPLASH, and Yale International Relations Association. He has also observed students weekly at Yale-New Haven Hospital daycare while taking “Child Development.”

Zhang created the Education Studies video after interviewing students, faculty, and administrators about what makes the Education Studies department special.