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Colored Conventions
Courtney Murray

Courtney Murray

English Graduate Student
Center for Black Digital Research Scholar
Preferred Pronouns: she/her
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Ph.D, The Pennsylvania State University, English and African American Studies, In Progress

M.A., The Pennsylvania State University, English, 2021

B.A., Emory University, English, concentration in African American Literature (High Honors/magna cum laude) 2018

Professional Bio

Courtney Murray is a Dual-Title PhD Candidate in the Departments of English and African American Studies and a #DigBlk Scholar at the Center for Black Digital Research (CBDR). Her research focuses on 19th c. African American Diasporic archives and literature and how those texts engage with Black feminisms, space/time, fugitivity, and liberation. At the CBDR, she works on the Communication Committee for Douglass Day and serves in various research roles for the Colored Conventions Project. Her dissertation research examines how enclosed spaces cultivated nineteenth-century African American and African diasporic spatial thought in printed media. She has published work in Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers and Startwords.

Areas of Specialization

African American Literature and Language

18th-19th c. narratives & fiction

Black Print Culture

Archival practices and theory

American Literature Before 1900

Race and Ethnicity Studies

Theory and Cultural Studies

Black existentialism


Black Feminism, fugitivity, and materiality