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Diane Curtis

Diane Curtis

Professional Title: 

Senior Lecturer of Political Science
Director of Pre-Law Advising


Thompson 210

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JD, New York University School of Law


I bring a non-traditional path to my teaching and advising: years of AIDS and women's health activism led to law school and a career as a litigator, first in reproductive rights, and then in domestic violence and family law. I have been a pre-law advisor since 2004, developing a strong commitment to increasing access to legal education and diversifying the legal profession. I've taught in law schools, in a paralegal certification program, and, since 2008, at UMass. My current teaching focuses primarily on constitutional law, the intersections between state power and individuals and their families, and legal education. 


  • Political Science