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Emily Sutcliffe

Emily R. Sutcliffe is Director of Student Public Service Initiatives & Associate Director of the Toll Public Interest Center. Emily oversees Penn Law’s nearly 30 pro bono projects, supervises and trains over 100 student project leaders, and works closely with TPIC’s many community partners. Emily also manages Penn Law’s international pro bono service trips and hosts the Perspectives on Public Interest Podcast.

Additionally, Emily teaches anthropology and group dynamics courses. Emily also designs and delivers training 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 near completion of her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology, also at Penn. Emily’s research examines the intricate imbrications of race, religion, and culture. She has written extensively on Islam and is single-authoring a book about the Middle East for ABC-CLIO.

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

Emily lives in New Jersey with her husband and their son - and a French Bulldog who is on the verge of becoming Instagram famous.