Rakesh Ranjan is a Senior Lecturer and Coordinator of the Hindi Urdu Program. He received a Ph.D. in Linguistics (Some Morphological and Syntactic Features of Mauritian Bhojpuri) from University of Delhi (1997). He has been teaching Hindi language, literature and linguistics to American graduate and undergraduate students for the last fifteen years. He began his teaching career as the Head (Program Director) of the Hindi Language Program of the American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) in Varanasi, India in 1993. He joined the Hindi Program at Emory in 1999. He has designed and supervised many Hindi programs. He has been active in academic projects of the South Asian Language Resource Center (SALRC) and the South Asian Language Teachers Association (SALTA). His research interests are Hindi pedagogy, issues of heritage learners and South Asian diaspora.