Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto, Canada, Courtney's scholarship explores the intersection of comparative politics and contemporary political theory, using empirical work to push theoretical debates in new directions. Topics of particular interest, as is evident in her recent publications list, include indigenous peoples in a global politics of opposition and democratic theory and conflict resolution in transitional societies as varied as South Africa, Mexico, Northern Ireland, and Israel/Palestine.
Courtney, who received her Ph.D. from Yale, was a member at the Institute for Advanced Study in 2001-2002, and has held visiting positions at Yale University, Central European University, and University of Cape Town.
Her most recent book is Moral Force of Indigenous Politics: Critical Liberalism and the Zapatistas (Cambridge University Press, 2008) (below left); an earlier work, Then I was Black: South African Political Identities in Transition (Yale University Press, 2000), won the Choice outstanding book award. Other honors: Fulbright New Century Scholar, Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar Award, and National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow.
In her guest post below, Courtney discusses her new paper, "Canada and the Legacy of the Indian Residential Schools: Transitional Justice for Indigenous Peoples in a Non-Transitional Society", which carefully considers a transitional justice process mentioned at the bottom of this IntLawGrrls post.