Kyra Whitehead

Educational Background

2019- Doctor of Letters, Global Studies , Drew University’s Caspersen Graduate School, Madison, New Jersey, United States

Dissertation: Ambassadors for Peace: A Literature and the Arts-Based ESL Classroom Model

2014- Master of Letters, Global Studies , Drew University’s Caspersen Graduate School, Madison, New Jersey, United States

2013- B.A., Sociology , Drew University , Madison, New Jersey, United States


Dr. Kyra Whitehead is an English/ Design Lecturer at Wenzhou-Kean University, Wenzhou China. Prior to her work in China, Dr. Whitehead completed her BA, MA, Conflict Resolution Certification and doctoral coursework at Drew University, New Jersey, while simultaneously working as a teacher’s assistant and Global Religion Lecturer at Drew University and as an English Lecturer at Kean University, Union, New Jersey. During her studies, Dr. Whitehead also worked as an Academic Coach, Writing Workshop Instructor, and Writing Tutor for Drew University’s Center for Academic Excellence. Dr. Whitehead successfully defended her dissertation in completion of her D.Litt. degree in February 2019.

Dr. Whitehead’s research interests include peace studies and second language acquisition. She presented on the peace studies panel for Donegal, Ireland’s Transatlantic Peace Conference for 3 years. In 2017 she created a panel for the same conference on second language acquisition, acting as both facilitator and presenter. In 2018, Dr. Whitehead presented a paper on storytelling in the ESL classroom at the 5th International Language in Focus Conference in Thessaloniki, Greece, and co-conducted a workshop on the learner-centered classroom for the same conference held in Dubrovnik, Croatia, May 2019. Dr. Whitehead was accepted to the same conference in 2020 pending regained travel safety.

Dr. Whitehead is originally from Connecticut. She has lived, worked, and studied in India, Nepal, and Italy, and has traveled throughout Europe and Asia. In her free time, she plays the violin, sings, writes, practices yoga, and explores opportunities to engage with artistic communities.

Research interests

ESL, Peacebuilding, Global Studies, Religion, Indian Culture, Creative Writing, Design


Presently: Introduction to Design and Visual Culture (DSN 1100)