Esma Moukhtar studied philosophy at the UvA in Amsterdam. Since then she has worked for several magazines and has written, mostly about art and film, for various publications, catalogues and other media. From 2002 on she has lectured art history, theory and philosophy at the Koninklijke Academie voor Kunst en Vormgeving Den Bosch, the Willem de Kooning Academy, the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, and at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam. She has worked a lot with students on thesis research as well, and still does. At the Willem de Kooning Academy she is involved in the Critical Studies minor, teaching critical theory and has developed a series of Read-Ins that focus on the troubles, theories and politics of identity from feminist and postcolonial perspectives. Recently she started a course for a group of fine arts students on creative writing about their work. In her spare time she is working on a novel, and is an editor for Perdu, a foundation for poetry, literature, art, and performance in Amsterdam, where she also lives.