photo: Bob Maguire

Robert E. Maguire

Professor of Practice of International Affairs
Suite 501 E
Address: Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street, N.W.
Phone: 202-994-3342

Areas of Expertise

Cultural and regional geography, plantation and post-societies in the Americas, development, poverty alleviation, geopolitics of oil, Haiti, U.S.-Caribbean relations, Caribbean Diaspora populations

Professor Maguire earned his Ph.D. in Geography from McGill University, M.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of Florida, and B.A. in Social Studies Secondary Education from Trenton State College, now the College of New Jersey. He joined the faculty of the International Development Studies (IDS) program at the Elliott School in August 2011, following a decade in the International Affairs program at Trinity Washington University, where he also directed the Trinity Haiti Program.

From 1979 to 1999, he worked as Representative for the Caribbean of the Inter-American Foundation, and in 2000 served as Haiti Specialist in the State Department's Bureau of Western Hemispheric Affairs. Maguire was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Dominica, West Indies from 1969-1972. In 2008-2009, he was a Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace.

Dr. Maguire has worked for years on issues of 'bottom-up' development in post-plantation societies in the Americas, including Louisiana, where he conducted Ph. D. research, but especially Haiti and the English-speaking Caribbean. He is recognized as leading US expert on Haiti, having been engaged with that country since 1974. His current involvement focuses on issues of US-Haiti policy, politics, post-disaster development, and effective poverty alleviation.

Professor Maguire teaches an undergraduate course on post-disaster development and graduate seminars in the IDS program, including one on poverty alleviation at the grassroots. He also supervises IDS capstone research teams.


Ph.D., McGill University (Quebec)


  • Bottom-Up Development in Haiti (1982, 2nd ed),
  • Haiti Held Hostage (1997),
  • Haiti After the Donors' Conference (2009),
  • The English-speaking Caribbean: A Self Study Guide (2011).

Classes Taught

IAFF 3183 Special Topics in Development Policy

  • Post-Disaster Development: Haiti in Comparative Perspective

IAFF 6122 Development Policy and Practice

IAFF 6138 Special Topics in International Development Studies

  • Poverty Alleviation and Bottom-Up Development

IAFF 6139 International Development Studies Capstone