Mary H. Durfee

Mary H. Durfee
"Good things come in small packages—you can get a GREAT liberal arts education from us. Our graduates get jobs and enroll in fine graduate programs at universities like Yale, Michigan, and Johns Hopkins."
—Mary Durfee


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  • Professor Emerita
  • PhD, Cornell University, 1990
  • MA, Cornell, 1984
  • BA, University of Colorado, 1974


My first love is teaching undergraduates, though I have worked with many graduate students as well. I’m proud to me a member of Tech’s Teaching Academy of Excellence.  I try to bring my research into my teaching to keep things lively and up-to-date.


Areas of Expertise

  • Great Lakes of North America
  • International Law
  • Malta
  • Scholarship of Pedagogy
  • Arctic Affairs

Recent Publications

  • “Multilateral Environmental Commitments: The Prospects for State Responsibility,” in Norman Martinez, ed., To Serve the Rule of Law: Essays in Honour of David Attard, Mare Nostrum Press, Malta, 2009
  • “The Hegemon and the Professions,” International Studies Perspectives, Nov. 2006.
  • “Can the Great Lakes of North America Survive Globalization?” Co-authored with Mirit Shamir. Bilateral Ecopolitics, Philippe LePrestre and Peter Stoett, editors. Ashgate: 2006.
  • James Rosenau and Mary Durfee, Thinking Theory Thoroughly 2nd ed (currently working on a new version) Westview, 2000
  • Durfee, May H. and Frederick R. Inscho, "The Troubled Renewal of the Canada-Ontario Agreement Respecting Great Lakes Water Quality, Publius 1995, 25(1):51-70. Read More

Recent Funding

  • Fulbright 10 mo in Malta and a follow on grant. US Dept of State
  • NSF IGERT (~4 million) co-pi now complete, NSF Grant No. DGE 0333401
  • Fulbright to Hungary for Fall 2014, Sponsored by Corvinus University of Budapest and by the Hungarian Institute for International Affairs.


  • “Information Transparency and the Evolution of US-Canada Relations.” Paper for 2010 annual meeting of the International Studies Association, New Orleans.Feb. 6-20, 2010.
  • The U.S. Presidential Elections, Mediterranean Academy of Diplomacy, University of Malta, May 7, 2012; University of Rostock, Germany, June 14, 2012.
  • Public Lecture, Alworth Institute, University of Minnesota, Duluth, “Why Obama Won the Peace Prize. Nov 2011.
  • Invited speaker, "Policy Frameworks for Great Lakes Environmental Problems." Symposium on the Great Lakes, September 2006, Western Michigan University.

Teaching Experience

  • SS3600 US Foreign Policy
  • SS3610 International Law
  • SS46/5610 Environmental Diplomacy and Law
  • SS2635 Comparative Politics