Courtney Sato

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Courtney joined the PhD program in American Studies in 2013. She holds a BA from Wellesley College and an MPhil in Modern South Asian Studies from the University of Cambridge. At Cambridge, she held the Edna V. Moffett Fellowship and her dissertation on aesthetics and the intellectual thought of Rabindranath Tagore was awarded the C.A. Bayly Dissertation Prize. In 2009-2010, she conducted research in nine countries on a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, and in 2011-2012, she was a Fulbright Research Scholar in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Her research, an intellectual history of early 20th-century Pan-Asianism and internationalism, examines transnational Asian and Asian American intellectuals, their interlocutors, institutions, and lecture circuits. Courtney is also pursuing a concentration in Public Humanities. Her exhibit on Japanese American internment, “Out of the Desert,” ran from November 2015-February 2016 in Yale University’s Sterling Memorial Library. The “Out of the Desert” digital project ( is ongoing and will continue to be revised throughout 2017. She may be reached at

Asian American History, South Asian History, 20th-century US Intellectual & Cultural History, 20th-century American Literature, Indian and Pacific Oceans Studies, Digital Humanities, Public Humanities