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2023 Best Undergraduate Professors: Sarah E. Light, University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School

Outlet: Poets & Quants

Professor Sarah E. Light, Professor of Legal Studies & Business Ethics and Faculty Co-Director of the Wharton Climate Center, has been named a 2023 Top 50 Best Undergraduate Professor by Poets & Quants.


Sarah E. Light, 50, is the Mitchell J. Blutt and Margo Krody Blutt Presidential Professor and Professor of Legal Studies & Business Ethics at University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School.

Light teaches courses related to Environmental Management: Law and Policy; Business, Social Responsibility, and the Environment; and Climate and Environmental Leadership in Action; among others. Light serves as co-faculty director of the Wharton Climate Center, as well as advisor to both the undergraduate concentration and MBA major in Business, Energy, Environment, and Sustainability.

Her research examines issues at the intersection of environmental law, corporate sustainability, and business innovation. Her articles have appeared in the Stanford Law Review, the Columbia Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, and Organization and Environment, among others. Professor Light has received numerous teaching awards for MBA and undergraduate teaching.

Prior to joining the Wharton faculty, Professor Light served for ten years as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, including four years as Chief of the Environmental Protection Unit.