Courtney Sexton

Courtney Sexton

Email:
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Background

Program: Human Paleobiology Ph.D.

Year of Entry: Fall 2019

Advisor: Brenda Bradley

Current Research

Courtney writes about human relationships to the “other”; she is constantly exploring the intersections of nature and culture, science and art. Courtney's research interests within CASHP are focused on human-animal interactions, and how non-human animals, especially dogs, can inform what we know about the evolution of human language, communication and social relationships.

Education

M.S. (Human Paleobiology) 2019, The George Washington University - Advisor: Francys Subiaul
M.F.A. (Creative Writing), Sarah Lawrence College
B.A. Villanova University

Research Experience

Fall 2017 – present: Research Assistant: American University, Memory and Cognition Lab – cross-modal categorization abilities in domestic dogs (Zehra Peynircioglu)

Fall 2017 – present: Research Assistant: George Washington University/Howard University Medical College, Rui Diogo Lab – comparative anatomy, evolution of facial morphology in domestic versus wild canid species (Rui Diogo)

2017 – present: Research Assistant: George Washington University, Department of Speech Language and Hearing Sciences, Social Cognition Lab – Evolution and impact of social learning versus individual learning (Francys Subiaul)

2016-17 Research Assistant: George Washington University, Department of Speech Language and Hearing Sciences, Neuroscience of Language Lab – verb bias and verb specific competition, cue validity and sentence production (Malathi Thothathiri)

2011-12 Research Assistant: Sarah Lawrence College, Environmental Studies – perceptions of nature and nature as other (Charles Zerner)


CASHP Blog Entries

On the Privilege of Pursuing Higher Education

What's in a Face?

Distinctions

2018-2019 Ann Gordon Webster Endowment/Shirley H. & Robert L. Richards Endowment Fellowship

2019-2019 The Columbian Womens Scholarship

2017-2018 George Washington University Merit Fellowship