Dr. Mary Durfee

Visiting researcher

  • Department:
    Former Visiting Research Fellows
  • Section: Law of the European Union


Prof. Durfee took her Ph.D. from Cornell University and has been an Anneberg Scholar and twice a Fulbright Scholar (Malta 2007-08; Hungary Fall 2014).  She is co-author with James N. Rosenau, of Thinking Theory Thoroughly 2nd Ed. (2000) and has published in a number of journals, including Publius, International Studies Perspectives, and the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences.  She has contributed chapters to Heidi Hobbs (ed) Constituting Complexity and to LePrestre and Stout, Bilateral Ecopolitics.  She was US Co-chair of the Lake Superior Binational Forum and was appointed to the USEPA Science Advisory Board’s Homeland Security Advisory Committee.  Twice a finalist for Michigan Tech’s Distinguished Teaching Award, she teaches US Foreign Policy, Public International Law, and International Environmental Politics—mostly to engineering students.  She also served for a number of years as Assistant Provost at Michigan Tech.  She is a past chair for the International Law section of the International Studies Association.

 Durfee is currently co-authoring a textbook entitled The Arctic in 21st Century International Relations with Dr. Rachael Lorna Johnstone, Prof. of Law at the University of Akureyri, Iceland.  She is here at the Asser Institute to research the EU’s Arctic policy, with special emphasis on the External Action Service, and to make progress on how investment treaties between the EU and Canada/US (CETA and TTIP) might shape the Arctic.