Rachel Esplin Odell is a nonresident research analyst in Carnegie’s Asia Program, where her research focuses on Chinese security studies, East Asian international relations, and U.S. strategy in the Asia-Pacific region. She is also a PhD student in political science and security studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Odell’s co-authored publications include works on U.S.-China security perceptions, Sino-Japanese relations, U.S. military strategy in Asia, Chinese trade policy, Chinese crisis management behavior, and trends in Chinese military development. She has participated in briefings for several U.S. government agencies in the military, diplomatic, and intelligence communities.
In the 2012 Republican presidential primary, Odell was a member of Jon Huntsman’s foreign policy team and the chair of DC Young Professionals for Huntsman. She has also interned in the China affairs bureau of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. She serves as the international policy advisor for the Millennial Action Project and was named one of “25 Under 25 in U.S.-China Relations” by Yale’s China Hands journal.