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Emily Sutcliffe

Emily R. Sutcliffe

Assistant Dean for Public Interest and Executive Director of the Toll Public Interest Center

Emily R. Sutcliffe is the Assistant Dean for Public Interest and Executive Director of Penn Carey Law’s Toll Public Interest Center (TPIC). Emily has led the law school’s efforts to create and greatly expand the Toll Public Service Corps and works to ensure that Penn Carey Law’s ethos of service remains vibrant and attuned to the modern realities of injustice. Before coming to Penn for graduate school, Emily lived in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia where she taught English, was an AmeriCorps volunteer working in refugee resettlement, and served as a nonprofit consultant for the Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of Faith-Based Initiatives.

Emily joined Penn Carey Law in 2011. In addition to her role in TPIC, Emily regularly serves as a content area expert for the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative and has led trainings in Malaysia, Zambia, and Burkina Faso.

Emily teaches social justice, leadership, and group dynamics courses at the Law School and at Penn’s School of Social Policy and Practice. She regularly researches, writes, and speaks on matters of race, social class, religion, and belonging in the United States and the Middle East. Emily serves on several nonprofit boards in Philadelphia and was a founding board member of the Youth Sentencing and Re-Entry Project (YSRP).

Emily lives with her husband and their two young sons in New Jersey.


  • PhDUniversity of Pennsylvania
  • MS University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education
  • MS University of Pennsylvania School of Public Policy & Practice