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.