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


  • 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.

Redindeer outside a barn at night.

Wooden Loch Ness Monster at the edge of a pond near a scared person.

Areas of Expertise

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

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.

Research Projects

  • Nuclear Waste Management in Finland
  • Pan American Biofuels and Bionergy Sutainability
  • Guidance Documents on Chemicals and the Environment: Socioeconomic Factors and Analysis for Pesticides Management

Teaching Experience

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