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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 recently expanded Toll Public Interest Scholars Program and the new Toll Public Interest Fellows Program. She is the architect of service-oriented leadership curriculum and training for the entire Penn Law community. She also teaches the Service Corps Capstone 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 nearing completion of 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. Emily also worked in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia where she taught English to the Al-Saud and Al-Sudairi royal families.

Emily currently lives in New Jersey with her husband, son, and French Bulldog.