Emerson J. Sykes

Woodrow Wilson School, MPA/JD candidate

Graduate Associate

Emerson J. Sykes is pursuing a joint Master’s in Public Affairs and Juris Doctorate at the Woodrow Wilson School where his concentration is in International Relations and NYU Law where he is a Root-Tilden-Kern Scholar for public interest law. He grew up in Andover, MA on the campus of Phillips Academy where he attended high school before heading to Stanford University. As an undergraduate, Emerson studied abroad in Paris and at Oxford and focused on African politics and history. After graduation he worked in Washington, DC for the National Democratic Institute's Central and West Africa team, primarily with the Liberia and Nigeria programs. He then moved to New York City to conduct foreign policy research and analysis for The Century Foundation, a progressive think tank. In the summer of 2008 Emerson will spend the summer in Monrovia, Liberia working for the Liberian Ministry of Justice in the Economic Affairs division. Emerson hopes to pursue a career in African state-craft and institution-building in relation to the rule of law. He is also interested in soccer, funky beats, and fresh kicks.