Stuart Schrader

Lecturer / Assistant Research Scientist

Mergenthaler 258
Tuesday, 1:00-3:30
Curriculum Vitae

In the Media

I am a Lecturer and Assistant Research Scientist at John Hopkins University, where I am also working with the 21st Century Cities Initiative. I received my PhD in American Studies from NYU in 2015. Before coming to Hopkins, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Charles Warren Center at Harvard University and the Center for the United States and the Cold War at the Tamiment Library at New York University. At Hopkins, I am teaching courses on police and prisons, Black social movements, and critical race theory, listed in Africana Studies, International Studies, Political Science, and Sociology.

I am currently completing a book on the relationship between US projections of power overseas and the rise of the carceral state at home. The book shows that during the Cold War the United States used policing experts to modernize police in the developing world, for the purpose of preventing revolution. These experts, in turn, shaped the domestic response to Black insurgency during the 1960s, creating expansive new bureaucracies of criminal justice and aggressive policing techniques and technologies. This book demonstrates that overseas state-building in the domain of security has profound and negative effects on democracy at home. This book will be published by University of California Press, in the American Crossroads series.

Additionally, I have begun a new project on the political activities of police in the United States since the 1960s, via professional organizations and unions. I am examining how changes to everyday routines of policing and development of new managerial techniques have resulted in police cohering into a semiautonomous political force that acts in self-interested ways to make demands on elected officials, particularly in moments of racialized political crisis.

230.366 Black Social Thought and Social Movements

362.314 Police and Prisons in Comparative Perspective



Schrader, Stuart. 2017. “More Than Cosmetic Changes The Challenges of Experiments with Police Demilitarization in the 1960s and 1970sThe Journal of Urban History (Online ahead of print).

Schrader, Stuart. 2016. “To Secure the Global Great Society Participation in PacificationHumanity: An International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism and Development 7.2: 225-253.

Roy, Ananya, Stuart Schrader, Emma Shaw Crane. 2015. “‘The Anti-Poverty Hoax’ Development, Pacification, and the Making of Community in the Global 1960sCities: The International Journal of Urban Policy and Planning 44: 139-145.


Schrader, Stuart. 2018 “A Carceral Empire: Placing US Prisons and Policing in the World” in Political History Unbound: Crisis and Continuity in 20th Century U.S. Political History (University of Chicago Press, forthcoming).

Roy, Ananya, Stuart Schradder, Emma Shaw Crane. 2015. “Gray Areas: The War on Poverty at Home and Abroad” in Territories of Poverty (University of Georgia Press).

Schrader, Stuart. 2012. “Policing Political Protest: Paradoxes of the Age of Austerity” in Is This What Democracy Looks Like? (Social Text: Periscope).

"How Tear Gas Became a Favorite Weapon of U.S. Border Patrol, Despite Being Banned In Warfare​," Democracy Now!, November 28, 2018

​Stuart Schrader, "The Long Counterrevolution: United States-Latin America Security Cooperation" SSRC Items, September 18, 2018​

Quinn Slobodian and Stuart Schrader, “The White Man, Unburdened: How Charles Murray Learned to Stop Worrying and Love RacismThe Baffler July-August 2018

Stuart Schrader, “Henri Lefebvre, Mao Zedong, and the Global Urban ConceptGlobal Urban History May 2018

Stuart Schrader, “Review of Sidney Harring's Policing a Class SocietyLegal Form January 2018

Olivia B. Waxman, “What Experts Have Learned So Far From the JFK Records ReleasesTime November 22, 2017

Stuart Schrader and Christy Thornton, “Marilyn Young (1937–2017)Jacobin February 24, 2017

Policing the Slums of the World: A Conversation about Exporting American Police ExpertiseToynbee Prize Foundation: Global History Forum November 24, 2016

Stuart Schrader, “Reading Jane Jacobs in the Era of #BlackLivesMatterHarvard Design Magazine Spring/Summer 2016

Audio: Morning Show WBAI July 14, 2015

Stuart Schrader, “The Liberal Solution to Police ViolenceThe Indypendent June 30, 2015

Stuart Schrader, “From Charleston to RhodesiaJacobin June 25, 2015

Stuart Schrader, “Policing EmpireJacobin September 5, 2014