Wesley B. O'Dell Visiting Assistant Professor of Politics

Wesley B. O'Dell

Holekamp 304
Curriculum Vitae

Wes O'Dell is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Politics at Washington & Lee University, where he teaches and conducts research on issues related to Great Power politics, international rights and responsibilities, and international crises. His current research project examines Great Power ontological security and the origins of the First World War. A 2009 alumnus of Washington & Lee, where he studied Politics, History, and Classics, Wes earned a Ph.D. and M.A. in Political Science from The Johns Hopkins University, and an M.Phil. in Modern European History from the University of Cambridge. His work in the field of diplomatic and documentary history has appeared in the published George C. Marshall Papers, and his study of abolitionist political agitation and the historical reception of the Stono Rebellion has been published in the journal Southern Studies.


Ph.D. in international relations, The Johns Hopkins University (2016)

M.Phil. in modern European history, The University of Cambridge (2010)

B.A. in politics, history and classics, Washington and Lee University (2009)


Great Power rights and responsibilities, ontological security and international crises, the origins of WWI, American and British foreign policy in the late 1940s; politics of outer space


Fall 2017: Global Politics (105); The Global Politics of Winston Churchill (380)
Winter 2018: Global Politics (105)
Spring 2018: International Crises (interactive National Security Council/Model Diplomacy simulation)

Past courses: NATO: Origins and Future of the Transatlantic Alliance (Winter 2017); The Final Frontier: The Politics of Space Exploration and Colonization (Spring 2017); Pirates, Terrorists, and Assassins (Fall 2016)