Courtney hails from Indianapolis, Indiana. She completed an undergraduate degree in economics and environmental studies in Victoria, British Columbia, and spent the three years between undergrad and graduate school focusing on agricultural research and capacity-building in Ghana. Courtney has a diverse range of interests including social, economic and environmental justice, environmental philosophy, political ecology, ethnoecology, ecological economics, agroecology, and ecofeminist studies. She has experience working with a range of marginalized groups such as small-scale organic growers in North America, Bedouin farmers in Israel, and subsistence farmers in rural Ghana. It is Courtney's goal to help reimagine our global agricultural and economic systems through transdisciplinary research and meaningful partnership. She is currently pursuing research on the economics of managed grazing in Wisconsin.