Courtney attended Carnegie Mellon University, completing a specialized interdisciplinary degree in anthropology and studio art. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa with University, Inter-college, College of Fine Arts, and Dietrich College Honors, and was named as an Andrew Carnegie Society Scholar. Both her thesis— focused on the spatial and social liminality faced by young migrants from Burma/Myanmar— and her interdisciplinary capstone project— on participatory social science methodologies— won awards at the University level, as did her creative work in photography and printmaking in the School of Art. After graduating, she received a Rhodes Scholarship (Ohio & St Antony’s 2014). She received her M.Phil with distinction from the University of Oxford in 2016 with a thesis entitled: “Claiming Space in Myanmar’s Transition: Entangled Geographies of Southern Shan State.” She is now a PhD student in Social Anthropology at Harvard, funded in part by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.
Courtney has worked as an editor and writer in several capacities, both in the US and abroad. She has tutored students in the humanities and social sciences at the high school and college levels, and has additionally helped students craft applications for undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as for fellowships, scholarships, and prestigious internship opportunities, most recently as a non-resident tutor at Harvard. With a unique background that has combined the arts with academic scholarship, and positions at the Department of State and the United Nations, Courtney is passionate about helping young scholars chart nontraditional paths forward.
With a continued interest in conceptual arts and a secondary field in Critical Media Practice, when not in the library, you can find Courtney out and about with a camera, in an editing lab, or a darkroom.