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, Research Ethics, Technology and Culture, and Washington History, and his essays have appeared in the American Historian, AHA Perspectives, TR News, the Washington Monthly, and the Washington Post.
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.
Professor Schrag is at work on a narrative history of the Philadelphia nativist riots of 1844. In May and July of that year, supporters of a new, anti-immigrant political party attacked Irish Catholic neighborhoods and churches, leading to a full-scale battle between a mob and volunteer militia.
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).
HNRS 240: Reading the Past
HNRS 353: Technology in the Contemporary World
HIST 615/635: Technology and Power
HIST 623: Recent U.S. History, 1945 to Present
HIST 797: Research Seminar
AB magna cum laude, Harvard University, 1992
PhD, Columbia University, 2002
Alan Capps, The Antecedents of the U.S. Border Patrol, 1812-1940 (2018)
Mary Sullivan Linhart, Up to Date and Progressive: Winchester and Frederick County, Virginia, 1870-1980 (2014)