Courtney is a Ph.D. candidate and Dean’s Fellow in Art History at Columbia University, where she studies twentieth-century art. Since 2013, she has taught in Columbia’s undergraduate curriculum, leading discussion courses in modern and Western art. Each semester, she works with her students to develop, organize, and refine ideas for essays, cultivate effective study skills, and address test-taking anxieties. Outside of school, she pursues her love for writing by contributing regularly to a variety of arts publications and artist’s books. Her writing has been published widely in such venues as Artforum’s website, Art in America, and the academic journal, Grey Room.
Before beginning at Columbia, Courtney received her B.A., summa cum laude, from Harvard. While in Cambridge, she wrote for the Harvard Crimson, worked as a peer tutor at the college’s Bureau of Study Counsel, and volunteered with WorldTeach. Her thesis on French modernism was nominated for the Hoopes Prize, Harvard’s highest honor for undergraduate scholarship. She attended high school at Phillips Academy, Andover, where she was a member of the Cum Laude Society and a Presidential Scholar Semifinalist.