Curriculum Vitae

Short CV

(For my full CV, click here.)


Akademischen Rätin (postdoc), April 2020- March 2023
WWU Münster

Postdoctoral Researcher, September 2018- March 2020
WWU Münster


Ph.D. Mathematics, University of Virginia, 2018.
Advisor: David Sherman
Dissertation: C*-algebras and their finite-dimensional representations.

M.S. Mathematics, Auburn University, 2013.

B.S. Mathematics, Auburn University, 2010.
B.A. Philosophy, Auburn University, 2010.


B. Armstrong, G. G. de Castro, L. Orloff Clark, K. Courtney, Y-F. Lin, K. McCormick, J. Ramagge, Aidan Sims, and Benjamin Steinberg. “Reconstruction of twisted Steinberg algebras,” Int. Math. Res. Not., rnab291, 2021,  arXiv:2101.08556.

B. Armstrong, L. Orloff Clark, K. Courtney, Y-F. Lin, K. McCormick, and J. Ramagge. “Twisted Steinberg algebras,” J. Pure Appl. Algebr., 226 (2022), Issue 3. [] (arXiv:1910.13005)

K. Courtney, “Universal C*-algebras with the Local Lifting Property,” Math. Scand., 127 (2021), 361-381. [] (arXiv:2002.02365).

K. Courtney, D. Sherman. “The universal C*-algebra of a contraction,” J. Operator Theory, 84 (2020), Issue 1, 153-184. [] (arXiv:1811.04043).

K. Courtney, T. Shulman. “Free products with amalgamation over central C*-subalgebras,”  Proc. Amer. Math. Soc., 148 (2020), 765-776. [] (arXiv:1809.09134).

K. Courtney, T. Shulman. “Elements of C*-algebras attaining their norm in a finite-dimensional representation,” Canad. J. Math. 71 (2019), Issue 1,
[] (arxiv:1707.01949).

Honors, Awards, Grants, Fellowships, Distinguished Research Programs:

  • National Science Foundation, (Co-PI) Groundwork for Operator Algebras Lecture Series (GOALS) (NSF #2000131), April 01, 2020- September 30, 2021.
  • American Institute of Mathematics (AIM), Structured Quartet Research Ensembles (SQuaRE), 2019-2022.
  • Oberwolfach Leibniz Graduate Students Grant recipient, August 2019.
  • American Mathematical Society, Joint Math Meetings 2018 Travel Grant.
  • Association for Women in Math, Joint Math Meetings 2018 Workshop Grant.
  • US Junior Oberwolfach Fellow, September 2017.
  • All-University Graduate Teaching Award, University of Virginia, April 2017.
  • Spring Dissertation Fellowship, University of Virginia, Spring 2017.
  • Invited Researcher, Intensive Research Program on Operator Algebras: Dynamics and Interactions, Centre de Recerca Matemática, Bellaterra, March-July 2017.

Selected Talks:


  • Young Mathematicians in C*-algebras (YMC*A), WWU Münster, 2021
  • Groundwork in Operator Algebras Lecture Series (GOALS)
    2020 (Online) and 2021 (Michigan State University)
    Organizer/ Lecturer
  • Organizer: Focus Programme, “Operator algebras and topological dynamics: amenability and beyond”, WWU Münster, 2021
  • Operator Algebras Mentor Network, 2019-present.
    Co-founder and Junior Mentor
  • YMC*A 2019, University of Copenhagen
  • Young Women in C*-algebras (YWC*A) 2018, KU Leuven
  • Teaching for Diversity in Math Workshop, University of Virginia, 2017.
  • University of Virginia Graduate Student Seminar, 2016-2018.
  • Math Ambassadors Elementary School Outreach Program, University of Virginia, 2014- 2018.