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Joe SutherlandAssistant Teaching Professor | QTMDirector | Center for AI Learning


Joe Sutherland, a noted technology executive, public service leader, and educator, has been named the first Director of the Emory Center for AI Learning, a newly established center that will enable Emory students, faculty and staff to take advantage of AI technologies through training, partnership and co-curricular opportunities, with the goal of catalyzing broad understanding and skill development in AI applications. The Center is integral to the university's AI.Humanity and Student Flourishing strategic initiatives, which will cement Emory as a global leader in the understanding of productive, societally integrated and ethical artificial intelligence innovation. 

Joe will foster collaborations with internal executive leadership as well as external partners, working closely with faculty co-leaders Cliff Carrubba, Chair of the Department of Quantitative Theory and Methods in Emory College of Arts and Sciences, and Lance Waller, Professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics in the Rollins School of Public Health. 

Dr. Sutherland's professional background includes executive roles at Amazon and academic appointments at Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University, and Emory. He currently serves as Visiting Assistant Professor for QTM, and a fellow of the Weidenbaum Center on the Economy, Government and Public Policy at Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to that role, he was the director of CX Cloud Data, Insights and Growth at Cisco, where he led applications of artificial intelligence for their CX Cloud product portfolio.

Joe has also founded two startups: Peachtree AI, a professional services firm specializing in artificial intelligence integrations, and Prattle, a fintech company that uses natural language processing to forecast both the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy decisions and the performance of publicly traded companies. 

From 2011 to 2013, he served in the White House Office of Scheduling and Advance for President Barack Obama, traveling with the President in support of various policy initiatives. His research exploring the utilization of machine learning and AI in congressional policy, political behavior and development economics is published in top peer-reviewed journals, including the American Political Science Review, Political Behavior, and Energy. 


  • Ph.D., Political Science, Columbia University, New York, NY
  • M.Phil., Political Science, Columbia University, New York, NY
  • M.A., Political Science, Columbia University, New York, NY
  • B.A., Political Science, Washinton University, St. Louis, MO


AI + ML, Advanced Analytics and Reporting, Attribution (Online, Offline), Audience Segmentation + Targeting, Cloud Engineering, Customer Experience, Digital Marketing, Digital Performance Management, Data Science, Data Products + Monetization, eCommerce, Omnichannel, Online Advertising, Optimization, Personalization, Search Engine Marketing, Strategic Planning, Responsible AI, Explainable AI, Ethical AI, Technology Investment + Architecture, User Experience.




  • QTM 385: Special Topics