History and Art History

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Zachary Schrag

Zachary Schrag

Zachary Schrag

Professor

U.S. History: Post-1945 US history, urban history, history of technology, public policy, human subjects regulations, riot control

Zachary M. Schrag studies cities, technology, and public policy in the United States in the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries.

He is the author of two books, The Great Society Subway: A History of the Washington Metro, and Ethical Imperialism: Institutional Review Boards and the Social Sciences, 1965-2009, both of them published by the Johns Hopkins University Press. Schrag’s articles have been published in the Journal of Policy History, the Journal of Urban History, Technology and Culture, and Washington History, and his essays have appeared in AHA Perspectives, TR News, and the Washington Post. Schrag is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Urban History, and a former member of the board of the Urban History Association.

He has received grants and fellowships from the National Science Foundation, the Gerald Ford Foundation, and the Library of Congress and has been awarded the Society for American City and Regional Planning History’s John Reps Prize and the Journal of Policy History's Ellis Hawley Prize.

Current Research

The Philadelphia riots of 1844

Selected Publications

The Great Society Subway: A History of the Washington Metro (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006).

Ethical Imperialism: Institutional Review Boards and the Social Sciences, 1965-2009 (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010).

Courses Taught

HIST 331: Postwar United States, 1945-1973

HIST 332: United States since 1973

HIST 333: Automobile in the United States

HIST 623: Recent U.S. History, 1945 to Present

HNRS 240: Reading the Past