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Sara K. McGuire, LLM, PhD

Sara K. McGuire, LLM, PhD

Assistant Teaching Professor
Department of Politics

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  • PhD, Political Science (International Relations), McMaster University, 2013
  • LLM, International Public and Comparative Law, University of Exeter, 2014
  • MA, War Studies, Royal Military College of Canada, 2009
  • BAH, Political Studies, Queen’s University, 2007

Curriculum Vitae:

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Research Interests:

  • International Law
  • National Security
  • Canada-US Relations
  • Border Relations


Sara McGuire is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of Politics at Drexel University. Previously, she held appointments in the International Relations Program at the University of Pennsylvania, and in the National Security Studies Institute at the University of Texas at El Paso. She holds a PhD in International Relations from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario and an LLM in International Public and Comparative Law from the University of Exeter in the UK. Dr. McGuire completed her Master of Arts in War Studies at the Royal Military College of Canada and her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) at Queen’s University, both in Kingston, Ontario.

Dr. McGuire’s primary research interests include: American and Canadian foreign and defense policy, homeland security, and national security law. Her current research focuses on changing perceptions of North American border security. She recently completed a book chapter entitled, “The 49th Parallel: Balancing Cooperation with Sovereignty” which is forthcoming in a volume by McGill-Queen’s University Press. This chapter examined the ways in which Canada-U.S. border relations have evolved over time. She has been an invited speaker at several international conferences and events, including the Kingston Conference on International Security, The Year Ahead Conference in Ottawa, Canada, and at the Union League in Philadelphia.

Dr. McGuire is a passionate educator who seeks to inspire her students to become life-long learners. Throughout her academic career, she has taught a wide variety of both undergraduate and graduate classes. In 2017, she taught a course at the Sergeants Major Academy at Fort Bliss. She believes that it is important to explain theoretical frameworks to students in a way that allows them to operationalize these concepts and apply them to real-world scenarios.

Selected Publications:

  • Sara K. McGuire. “The 49th Parallel: Balancing Cooperation with Sovereignty.” In Donald Abelson and Stephen Brooks, Eds., History Has Made Us Friends: Exploring the Myth of the Special Relationship Between Canada and the United States, (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2023) FORTHCOMING: FALL 2023
  • Sara K. McGuire. “Southern Approaches: Border Security and the International Order.” In Willian G. Braun III, Stéfanie von Hlatky, and Kim Richard Nossal, eds., A Changing International Order? Implications for the Security Environment. (Kingston Conference on International Security, 2020).
  • McGuire, Sara K. “Offshore Interdiction Operations and the Refugee Rights of Irregular Migrants.” E-International Relations. (April 2015).
  • McGuire, Sara K. “NORAD’s Evolving Role in North American Homeland Defense.” E-International Relations. (February 2015).
  • Charron, Andrea and Fergusson, James with Sara McGuire et al. NORAD in Perpetuity? Challenges and Opportunities for Canada. (Center for Defence and Security Studies: University of Manitoba, 2014).
  • McGuire, Sara K. “Legislating Against the Threat: The U.S. and Canadian Policy Elite Response to the Terrorist Threat.” Journal of Strategic Security. V. 6, N. 5 (Fall 2013), p. 227 – 255.