Stuart Schrader

Stuart Schrader

Lecturer / Assistant Research Scientist

PhD, New York University

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Curriculum Vitae

I am the Associate Director of the Program in Racism, Immigration, and Citizenship and a Lecturer / Assistant Research Scientist at John Hopkins University. I am also affiliated 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.

My first monograph is Badges Without Borders: How Global Counterinsurgency Transformed American Policing (University of California Press, Fall 2019). It examines the relationship between US projections of power overseas and the rise of the carceral state at home. Badges Without Borders 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.

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.

191.303 Critical Race Theory, Law, and Criminal Justice

230.213 Social Theory

230.366 Black Social Thought and Social Movements

362.314 Police and Prisons in Comparative Perspective


Schrader, Stuart. 2019. Badges Without Borders: How Global Counterinsurgency Transformed American Policing (Oakland: University of California Press)


Schrader, Stuart. 2019. “To Protect and Serve Themselves: Police in U.S. Politics since the 1960sPublic Culture 31.3: 601-623.

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.


“A Carceral Empire: Placing US Prisons and Policing in the World” in Shaped by the State: Toward a New Political History of the Twentieth Century, Brent Cebul, Lily Geismer, Mason B. Williams, eds. (University of Chicago Press, 2019).

Roy, Ananya, Stuart Schrader, 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). 

When Police Treat Protesters Like Insurgents, Sending in Troops Seems Logical. The Washington Post, June 5, 2020

The Rebellion in Defense of Black Lives Is Rooted in U.S. History. So, Too, Is Trump’s Authoritarian Rule. The Intercept, June 3, 2020

Stuart Schrader, “The Murderous Legacy of Cold War AnticommunismBoston Review, May 19, 2020

Stuart Schrader, “Harm of the LawArtforum May-June 2020

Roots of Imperial PolicingBlack Agenda Radio (audio interview), January 21, 2020

“Badges Without Borders” New Books Network (audio interview), November 5, 2019

Osita Nwavenu and Stuart Schrader in conversation, C-Span Book TV (video), October 17, 2019

Accurate Census Count Critical for Baltimore Kids” Baltimore Sun, September 5, 2019

Shaped By The State,” C-Span, April 23, 2019

Stuart Schrader, “Imperialism After EmpireBoston Review, March 29, 2019

“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 CooperationSSRC 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