Paul Odu

Paul Odu is a senior in the Honors College at the University of Missouri – Columbia, majoring in Economics and Constitutional Democracy with a minor in History. Paul has spent his final year of college in the United Kingdom at Oxford University on a one-year study abroad fellowship, studying British, European, and global history. His academic and public service interests center on the intersection of law, public policy, economic justice, and technology. He was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa during his junior year of college. Paul is the founder and director of the Missouri Debate Union, an undergraduate debating society based at the University of Missouri. While in college, Paul has served as an economics teaching assistant, an assistant in the University Archives and Special/Rare Books Department, an ambassador for the Honors College, and Vice President of the Ultimate Frisbee Team. He has served as an intern in the U.S. Senate, for the Mayor of Kansas City, and for the non-profit KIPP Foundation. This summer, he will work as an intern with the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, researching financial equity issues in criminal justice and the usage of federal COVID-19 relief funds. He serves as an associate editor for the Midwestern Citizen, an undergraduate op-ed publication that covers topics in law, policy, and society. He hopes to attend graduate school in the United Kingdom and later pursue a JD in the United States.