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.

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  1. Odell, John, Dustin Tingley, Fen Osler Hampson, Andrew H. Kydd, Brett Ashley Leeds, James K. Sebenius, Janice Gross Stein, Barbara F. Walter and I. William Zartman 2013 "Negotiating Agreements in International Relations" Negotiating Agreements in International Relations In Negotiating Agreements in Politics edited by Jane Mansbridge and Cathie Jo Martin American Political Science Association In Negotiating Agreements in Politics edited by Jane Mansbridge and Cathie Jo Martin American Political Science Association
  2. Odell, John 2013 "A Grand Bargain to Save the WTO from Declining Relevance" A Grand Bargain to Save the WTO from Declining Relevance In Strengthening the Multilateral Trade System Geneva: International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development In Strengthening the Multilateral Trade System Geneva: International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development
  3. Odell, John 2013 "Negotiation and Bargaining" Negotiation and Bargaining In Handbook of International Relations 2d edition edited by Walter Carlsnaes Thomas Risse and Beth Simmon Los Angeles: Sage
  4. Odell, John 2010 "Negotiating from Weakness in International Trade Relations" Negotiating from Weakness in International Trade Relations Journal of World Trade 44: 544-66
  5. Odell, John 2009 "Breaking Deadlocks in International Institutional Negotiations: The WTO, Seattle, and Doha" Breaking Deadlocks in International Institutional Negotiations: The WTO, Seattle, and Doha International Studies Quarterly 53:273-99
  6. Odell, John 2007 "Growing Power Meets Frustration in the Doha Round's First Four Years" Growing Power Meets Frustration in the Doha Round's First Four Years In Developing Countries and Global Trade Negotiations edited by Larry Crump and Javed Maswood London: Routledge
  7. Odell, John 2006 "Negotiating Trade: Developing Countries in the WTO and NAFTA New York: Cambridge University Press" (eds) Negotiating Trade: Developing Countries in the WTO and NAFTA New York: Cambridge University Press
  8. Odell, John 2005 "Journal of International Economic Law 8 no 2 Also in Reforming the World Trade System: Legitimacy Efficiency and Democratic Governance edited by Ernst-Ulrich Petersmann New York: Oxford University Press" Chairing a WTO Negotiation, Journal of International Economic Law 8 no 2 Also in Reforming the World Trade System: Legitimacy Efficiency and Democratic Governance edited by Ernst-Ulrich Petersmann New York: Oxford University Press
  9. Odell, John 2003 "La OMC, otra vez en punto muerto [The WTO, deadlocked again]" La OMC, otra vez en punto muerto [The WTO, deadlocked again] Foreign Affairs en Español 3:111-118
  10. Odell, John 2000 "Negotiating the World Economy Ithaca: Cornell University Press (Published in Chinese and Spanish in 2004)" Negotiating the World Economy Ithaca: Cornell University Press (Published in Chinese and Spanish in 2004)
  11. Odell, John 1988 "From London to Bretton Woods: Sources of Change in Bargaining Strategies and Outcomes" From London to Bretton Woods: Sources of Change in Bargaining Strategies and Outcomes, Journal of Public Policy 8: 287 316 (Published in Japanese in Leviathan in 1992 and in The Reconstruction of the International Economy 1945-1960 edited by Barry Eichengreen published by Edward Elgar in 1996)
  12. Odell, John and I.M. Destler 1987 "Anti Protection: Changing Forces in US Trade Politics Institute for International Economics Published in Japanese in 1990" Anti Protection: Changing Forces in US Trade Politics Institute for International Economics Published in Japanese in 1990
  13. Odell, John 1982 "Bretton Woods and International Political Disintegration: Implications for Monetary Diplomacy" Bretton Woods and International Political Disintegration: Implications for Monetary Diplomacy. In The Political Economy of Domestic and International Monetary Relations edited by Raymond Lombra and William Witte Ames: Iowa State University Press In The Political Economy of Domestic and International Monetary Relations edited by Raymond Lombra and William Witte Ames: Iowa State University Press
  14. Odell, John 1982 "US International Monetary Policy: Markets Power and Ideas as Sources of Change Princeton: Princeton University Press" US International Monetary Policy: Markets Power and Ideas as Sources of Change Princeton: Princeton University Press