Courtney is a PhD Candidate in the Cultural Studies in Education program within Curriculum and Instruction. She began her teaching career in Atlanta, Georgia where she taught high school English and Journalism for two years before moving to the Northeast to pursue a Master's Degree in African American Studies at Boston University. Following her Master's studies she taught high school English (specializing in American Literature) at Wellesley High School for four years. Working in trans-disciplinary fields, her focus on the intersection of history, political theory, and literature led her to the Cultural Studies program at the University of Texas.
In her time as a researcher and teacher at UT, her work has continued examining intersections of racism, sexism, and violence attending to the ways in which these forces impact and shape contemporary American schooling. With an emphasis on relationality, ethics, and affect, her work remains firmly rooted in histories of structural inequality, and the ways in which legacies of white supremacy and masculine violence shape the present. She is currently at work on her dissertation which examines the affective (emotional) implications of such forces on female students educational experiences. Deeply rooted in a critical feminist perspective this work considers the ways in which precarity and vulnerability shape pre-service female students' capacities for relation within an educational institution during politically uncertain times.
Courtney's research interests have long-inspired her creative pursuits. She works as a poet-in-transience with Austin-based, Typewriter Rodeo; has collaborated with HIVE Arts Collective as an installation and sound artist; scripted and performed in "Laundry Room Talk: A play written by Donald Trump;" and volunteers as a teaching artist with local, youth-led non-profits. Her essays and poems have been published with Teaching Tolerance, The Eco-Theo Review, and The New Southerner.