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, D.C. 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

Diplomat-in-Residence Mary Curtin was interviewed regarding the ramifications of Emmanuel Macron's decisive victory in the French presidential election on May 7.

WCCO Radio
May 13, 2017

Columnist John Rash quotes Diplomat-in-Residence Mary Curtin in this piece examining the fallout from President Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey. 

Star Tribune
May 12, 2017