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Emily R. Sutcliffe

Emily R. Sutcliffe is Director of Social Justice Programs. Emily oversees the Penn Law Service Corps, which houses the Toll Public Interest Scholars Program, the Toll Public Interest Fellows Program, and programming for all public interest-minded law students. She is the architect of service-oriented leadership curriculum and training for the broader Penn Law community. She teaches the Service Corps capstone course, Power & Privilege in Public Service, and spearheads a series of annual impact and innovation challenges that highlight the diverse social justice achievements of Penn Law students and alumni.

Additionally, Emily teaches cultural anthropology, group dynamics, and leadership courses. She also designs and delivers leadership workshops for the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative and has trained human rights attorneys and activists in Zambia, Burkina Faso, Haiti, and Malaysia. 

Emily has an M.S. in Nonprofit Leadership from Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice, where she was recipient of the Emerging Leader Award, an M.S.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Penn’s Graduate School of Education, and is dissertating her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology, also at Penn. Emily’s research critically examines the intricate imbrications of race, religion, and social class on group formation and belonging within various American contexts. 

Prior to joining Penn Law, Emily worked in refugee resettlement at Nationalities Service Center and served as a consultant for the Mayor’s Office of Faith-Based Initiatives. She also taught English in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for three years.

Emily is a founding board member of the Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project (YSRP) and is a current board member of Justice at Work. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, two sons, and French Bulldog.