Curriculum Vitae

Short CV

(For my full CV, click here.)


Junior Professor (W1) (Assistant Professor, non-tenure track), April 2022-March 2028
WWU Münster

Akademischen Rätin (postdoc with Habilitation track), 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, A. Sims, and B. Steinberg. “Reconstruction of twisted Steinberg algebras,” Int. Math. Res. Not., rnab291, 2021.

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

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

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

Preprints and In Preparation:

K. Courtney, “Completely positive approximations and inductive systems.” arXiv:2304.02325.

K. Courtney, A. Duwenig, M. Georgescu, A. an Huef, M. G. Viola, “Alexandrov groupoids and the nuclear dimension of twisted groupoid C*-algebras.” arXiv:2211.00547.

K. Courtney and W. Winter, “Nuclearity and CPC*-systems.” arXiv:2304.01332.

K. Courtney and W. Winter, “Images of order zero maps.”

K. Courtney and W.Winter, “Inductive systems and nuclear dimension.”

Honors, Awards, Grants, Fellowships:

  • National Science Foundation (US), (Co-PI) Groundwork for Operator Algebras Lecture Series (NSF #2154574), April 01, 2022- August 31, 2023.
  • National Science Foundation (US), (Co-PI) 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 – July 2023.
  • Oberwolfach Leibniz Graduate Students Grant recipient, August 2019.
  • American Mathematical Society, Joint Math Meetings 2018 Travel Grant recipient.
  • US Junior Oberwolfach Fellow, September 2017.
  • All-University Graduate Teaching Award, University of Virginia, April 2017.
  • Spring Dissertation Fellowship, University of Virginia, Spring 2017.

Selected Talks/ Lecture Series:

Organization and Initiatives:

  • Organizer for Twinned Conference on C*-algebras and Tensor Categories (Held jointly at ICMS and the Fields Institute)
    Nov 6-10, 2023
    (ICMS and Fields)
  • Organizer/ Instructor for Groundwork in Operator Algebras Lecture Series (GOALS)
    Summer 2020 (Online), Summer 2021 (Michigan State University), Summer 2022 (University of Montana)
  • Organizer Young Mathematicians in C*-algebras (YMC*A)
    August 9-14, 2021
    WWU Münster
  • 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.


See Teaching Page.