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Mary
Curtin
Diplomat-in-Residence
232 Humphrey School
Expertise
Department
Global Policy Area
Areas of Expertise
US foreign policy and national security; democracy; international relations; human rights
About

Biography

Mary T. Curtin, PhD, a Minnesota native, joined the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota as diplomat-in-residence in 2013 after a 25-year career as a Department of State Foreign Service Officer. As diplomat-in-residence, she teaches courses in foreign policy and diplomacy and serves as chair of the Humphrey School's global policy area.

During her Foreign Service career, she served at the US Mission to the EU in Brussels; as political counselor in Warsaw, Poland; and at missions in Tunisia, Mali, and Chile, as well as in Washington, DC. She has expertise in issues including Middle East policy; European affairs, including the EU and NATO; human rights and democratization, and non-proliferation. She was a member of the US delegation to the 1995 UN Conference on Women.

She earned a PhD in history from Columbia University in the City of New York (1986), writing her dissertation on "Hubert H. Humphrey and the Politics of the Cold War, 1943-1954.”

She speaks French, Polish, and Spanish.

Education

MA in Security Studies (Army War College, 2003)

PhD in History (Columbia University, 1986)

BA (University of Notre Dame, 1977)