Saira Bano is an Assistant Professor of Politics at Thompson Rivers University. Her primary research interests are International Relations theories, security issues, the nuclear non-proliferation regime, nuclear weapons concerns in South Asia, and the intersection of domestic politics and foreign policy. She received her PhD from the Centre for Military, Security, and Strategic Studies (CMSS) at the University of Calgary. She is recipient of the Doctoral Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Graduate Research Award from the Simons Foundation, and the Kodikara Award from the Regional Centre for Strategic Studies (RCSS). She also served as a visiting research fellow at the Stimson Center in Washington, D.C. Prior to her position at Thompson Rivers University, she taught at the University of Calgary, Mount Royal University, and the Calgary campus of the University of Lethbridge.