Mary Curtin

Diplomat-in-Residence
US foreign policy and national security; democracy; international relations; human rights

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 twenty-five 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 coordinator for 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.  

 Curtin 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,” a master's degree in security studies from the Army War College (2003), and a BA from the University of Notre Dame (1977). She speaks French, Polish, and Spanish.

In The Media

Star Tribune columnist John Rash interviewed Diplomat-in-Residence Mary Curtin for her take on the political upheavals in the United States and Britain, and the impact worldwide.  

Star Tribune
January 18, 2019

Diplomat-in-Residence Mary Curtin authored this letter to the editor criticizing the Star Tribune for publishing an editorial cartoon depicting federal employees—many of whom are on furlough due to the government shutdown—as lazy.

Star Tribune
December 28, 2018