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

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,” arXiv:2101.08556.

B. Armstrong, L. Orloff Clark, K. Courtney, Y-F. Lin, K. McCormick, and J. Ramagge. “Twisted Steinberg algebras,” arXiv:1910.13005.

K. Courtney, “Universal C*-algebras with the Local Lifting Property,” to appear in Math. Scand., (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:

  • National Science Foundation, Groundwork for Operator Algebras Lecture Series (GOALS) (NSF #2000131), April 01, 2020- September 30, 2021.
  • American Institute of Mathematics, Structured Quartet Research Ensembles (SQuaRE), August 2019.
  • 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:


  • Organizer Young Mathematicians in C*-algebras (YMC*A)
    August 9-14, 2021
    WWU Münster
  • Organizer/ Instructor for Groundwork in Operator Algebras Lecture Series (GOALS)
    June 29-July 19, 2020
  • Organizer for Focus Programme: “Operator algebras and topological dynamics: amenability and beyond”
    June-August, 2021
    WWU Münster
  • Operator Algebras Mentor Network, Junior Mentor and co-founder, 2019-present.
  • Organizer for YMC*A 2019, University of Copenhagen.
  • Organizer for Young Women in C*-algebras (YWC*A) 2018, KU Leuven.
  • Organizer for Teaching for Diversity Workshop,
    University of Virginia Department of Math, August 2017.
  • University of Virginia Graduate Student Seminar Chair, 2016-2018.
  • University of Virginia Math Ambassadors Outreach Program, 2014- 2018.