McGuire is an archaeologist who studies the development of power relations in the past. He has carried out most of his field work in the U.S. Southwest and is currently collaborating with Elisa Villalpando in a long-term field project in northwest México . In 2010, he and Dean Saitta completed a project investigating the 1913-1914 coal field war in southern Colorado. Since 2010 he has been involved with the humanitarian aid group No More Deaths/No Más Muertes and has worked with deportees in Nogales, Sonora, México. As a result of this work and his long-term experience on the U.S. – México border, he has engaged in an archaeology of the contemporary study of the border wall separating Ambos Nogales (Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Sonora). He is a SUNY Distinguished Professor and teaches at Binghamton University in Binghamton, New York. His web page is: http://bingweb.binghamton.edu/~rmcguire/index.html.
His publications include, “Archaeology as Political Action,” available from University of California Press.