Mary Curtin

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

Dr. Mary T. Curtin, 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 Global Policy Area and for the newly approved interdisciplinary Master in Human Rights degree, jointly sponsored by the Humphrey School and College of Liberal Arts.  

During her Foreign Service Career, she served at the U.S. 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 U.S. delegation to the 1995 UN Conference on Women.  

Dr. Curtin earned a Ph.D. 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 Masters 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

This editorial quotes Humphrey School Diplomat-in-Residence Mary Curtin as it argues that the United States and European Union should push back on recent repressive steps being taken by leaders in Poland. 

Star Tribune
July 28, 2017

Former Dean Eric Schwartz, currently president of Refugees International, helped organize a letter asking Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to keep the office responsible for managing refu­gee inflows a part of the State Department instead of moving it to the Department of Homeland Security. Diplomat-in-Residence Mary Curtin is also a signatory. 

Washington Post
July 17, 2017