Shan Mukhtar, PhD

Assistant Director, ESL Program

Office: PAIS 565

Phone: (404) 727-0983



  • PhD, Race and Ethnic Studies, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
  • MA, Race and Ethnic Studies, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
  • BA (magna cum laude), English, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA


Shan Mukhtar serves as Assistant Director of the English as a Second Language (ESL) Program. In this role, she teaches first year composition (ENG101) courses with ESL support for the Emory Writing Program.  She also works with the Writing Program to develop events and programs related to the Writing Across Emory initiative. 

Dr. Mukhtar received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Race and Ethnic Studies from Emory University, completing her doctoral degree in 2014. Prior to that, she received her B.A. in English from Georgia State University. Her research on diversity formation draws from sociological, American Studies, and educational studies discourse on racial and ethnic identity and ethno-racism in the post-civil rights era. Since 2010, she has taught both ESL and non-ESL American Studies and Interdisciplinary Studies courses in Emory College focused on race, education, and cultural citizenship.

As a doctoral student and adjunct instructor at Emory, Dr. Mukhtar worked on a variety of diversity-focused initiatives with the Institute of Liberal Arts, Center for Community Partnerships, Office of Community and Diversity, Office of Student Leadership, James Weldon Johnson Institute, Race and Difference Initiative, and the Transforming Community Project.  She was Emory University’s 2013-2014 Publicly Active Graduate Education (PAGE) Fellow, representing Emory in the Imagining America consortium.  Additionally, she serves as a diversity research consultant and speaker for community-based programs related to secondary and post-secondary education.