Odell, John S. 1945-

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Odell, John S. 1945-


Born 1945. Education: University of Texas—Austin, B.A. (honors), 1967; University of Wisconsin—Madison, M.A., 1968, Ph.D., 1976.


Office—School of International Relations, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0043. E-mail—[email protected]


Educator and political scientist. Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, assistant professor, 1976-82; University of Southern California, Los Angeles, associate professor, 1982-90, professor of political science, 1990—, director of Center for International Studies, 1989-92. Director of Latin American Policy Development, Office of U.S. Trade Representative, 1984-1985; visiting fellow at Institute for International Economics, Washington, DC, 1985-87, Research Institute of the Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Tokyo, Japan, 1989, and Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva, Switzerland, 2002. Founder and coordinator of Economic Negotiation Network, 2002—.


International Studies Association, Council on Foreign Relations, Pacific Council on International Policy, American Political Science Association.


Guest scholar, Brookings Institution, 1975; Carnegie Endowment for International Peace research grant, 1975; Harvard University, Center for International Affairs fellowship, 1975-76; Institute for the Study of World Politics research grant, 1979-80 (declined); Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship in International Relations, 1979-81 (declined); Ford Foundation grant, 1979-82, 1986-88, and 1989-90; Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs fellowship, 1984-85; Social Science Research Council advanced research fellowship, 1987-89; Institute for International Studies, Stanford University, visiting fellowship, 1994-1995.


U.S. International Monetary Policy: Markets, Power, and Ideas as Sources of Change, Princeton University Press (Princeton, NJ), 1982.

(With I.M. Destler) Anti-Protection: Changing Forces in United States Trade Politics, Institute for International Economics (Washington, DC), 1987.

(Editor, with Thomas D. Willett) International Trade Policies: Gains From Exchange between Economics and Political Science, University of Michigan Press (Ann Arbor, MI), 1990.

Negotiating the World Economy, Cornell University Press (Ithaca, NY), 2000.

(Editor) Negotiating Trade: Developing Countries in the WTO and NAFTA, Cambridge University Press (New York, NY), 2006.

Contributor to books, including The Political Economy of Domestic and International Monetary Relations, edited by Raymond Lombra and William Witte, Iowa State University Press (Ames, IA), 1982; Double Edged Diplomacy: International Bargaining and Domestic Politics, edited by Peter Evans, Harold K. Jacobson, and Robert D. Putnam, University of California Press (Berkeley, CA), 1993; and Governing the World's Money, edited by David M. Andrews, C. Randall Henning, and Louis W. Pauly, Cornell University Press (Ithaca, NY), 2002. Contributor to professional journals, including International Negotiation, World Trade Agenda, and World Politics. Editor of International Organization, 1992-96. Member of editorial boards of Journal of Politics, 1982-88, International Organization, 1984-2003, and Journal of Public Policy, 1990—, and of book series published by University of Michigan Press and Westview Press.


Political scientist John S. Odell explores international trade issues in such works as Negotiating the World Economy and Negotiating Trade: Developing Countries in the WTO and NAFTA. "My primary research interests concern the politics of the world economy," Odell stated on his Web site. "I try to illuminate why governments and other players do what they do in world trade and financial relations."

In Anti-Protection: Changing Forces in United States Trade Politics, Odell and coeditor I.M. Destler "empirically examine 14 episodes in U.S. trade policy where specific producers sought protection from foreign competition and show that certain antiprotectionist forces, when properly mobilized, can partially offset or even neutralize the special interests calling for protection," noted Robert W. McGee in the Mid-Atlantic Journal of Business. Though Richard M. Devens, Jr., writing in the Monthly Labor Review, believed that "political mobilization is Destler and Odell's true goal," he acknowledged that their work "is perhaps the first piece of serious political science addressing antiprotection activity, and it is complete with quantification, nonparametric statistical analysis, and even a bit of econometrics." Anti-Protection "provides the outlines of a battle plan for anyone who wants to fight protectionism but does not know how to proceed," according to McGee.



Mid-Atlantic Journal of Business, April, 1989, Robert W. McGee, review of Anti-Protection: Changing Forces in United States Trade Politics, p. 87.

Monthly Labor Review, September, 1998, Richard M. Devens, Jr., review of Anti-Protection, p. 49.


John S. Odell Home Page, http://www-rcf.usc.edu/˜odell (March 15, 2007).