Rachel Esplin Odell

Rachel Esplin Odell

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Biography

Rachel Esplin Odell is a PhD candidate in international relations and comparative politics and a member of the MIT Security Studies Program. She is writing a dissertation on how states interpret and apply the international law that governs the oceans, with a focus on why states claim varying amounts of jurisdiction at sea. Her broader research interests include the nature and future of world order, U.S. strategy in the Asia-Pacific region, Chinese foreign policy, and Sino-Japanese relations. Rachel is also a Nonresident Research Analyst at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where she worked before coming to MIT.

In November 2017, Rachel was a Visiting Research Fellow in the Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies at Waseda University. In spring 2017, she served as the Acting Allston Burr Assistant Dean of Harvard College for Mather House, where she has been a Resident or Nonresident Tutor since 2014. She holds an AB summa cum laude in East Asian Studies with a secondary field in Government from Harvard University. She is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and the Alexander George Award for Best Graduate Student Paper from the Foreign Policy Analysis Section of the International Studies Association.

Biography

Rachel Esplin Odell is a PhD candidate in international relations and comparative politics and a member of the MIT Security Studies Program. She is writing a dissertation on how states interpret and apply the international law that governs the oceans, with a focus on why states claim varying amounts of jurisdiction at sea. Her broader research interests include the nature and future of world order, U.S. strategy in the Asia-Pacific region, Chinese foreign policy, and Sino-Japanese relations. Rachel is also a Nonresident Research Analyst at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where she worked before coming to MIT.

In November 2017, Rachel was a Visiting Research Fellow in the Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies at Waseda University. In spring 2017, she served as the Acting Allston Burr Assistant Dean of Harvard College for Mather House, where she has been a Resident or Nonresident Tutor since 2014. She holds an AB summa cum laude in East Asian Studies with a secondary field in Government from Harvard University. She is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and the Alexander George Award for Best Graduate Student Paper from the Foreign Policy Analysis Section of the International Studies Association.