John Odell is a CIGI senior fellow. An expert in negotiation and conflict resolution, US trade policy and international economic institutions, he leads a Global Security & Politics project on Political Obstacles to International Agreements on Climate Change.
John was a faculty member at Harvard University from 1976 to 1982, until he joined the University of Southern California (USC), where he is professor emeritus of international relations. From 2009 to 2012, he served as director of USC’s School of International Relations. He was the editor of International Organization from 1992 through 1996.
John’s research and teaching have concentrated on the governance of the world economy, exploring why governments and international organizations do what they do in international economic relations. He has written extensively about negotiations among states on issues such as trade, exchange rates and debt. He has published about negotiations in the World Trade Organization and the International Monetary Fund.
John’s interests have drawn him from political science into economics, psychology, sociology and history as well, and have taken him back and forth between academia and practice. He has conducted field research in Europe, East Asia and Latin America as well as the United States. He has spent a year working as a visiting fellow in the office of the US Trade Representative, the top US trade negotiator. John has been a visiting fellow at Japan’s Ministry of International Trade and Industry, the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, and the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies, Geneva.
John is the author or co-author of three books, co-editor of three others and author of many research articles and book chapters. Six institutions have supported John’s work with fellowships or grants. Many institutions have invited him to lecture in the United Kingdom, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Hungary, China, Korea, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Ecuador as well as the United States. He gave the Smuts Commonwealth Lecture at the University of Cambridge in 2009. He has served as a consultant to the World Bank, the US Department of State, the Ford Foundation, the Asia Foundation and the Council of the Americas. John is a member of Council on Foreign Relations, American Political Science Association and the International Studies Association.