Curriculum Vitae

For a complete CV, please see zachary_schrag_cv (PDF). See also my Google Scholar profile or my ORCID profile:


Columbia University. Ph.D. (History), 2002. M. Phil., 1999. M.A., 1997.

Harvard University. A.B. magna cum laude (Social Studies), 1992.


George Mason University. Department of History and Art History.

  • Professor, 2012 to present. Associate Professor, 2009-2012. Assistant Professor, 2004-2009.

Columbia University. Department of History.

  • Assistant Professor (term appointment). 2003-2004.

Baruch College, City University of New York. Department of History.

  • Substitute Assistant Professor. 2002-2003.

Awards and Grants

Journal of Policy History. Ellis Hawley Prize. 2010.

Library of Congress. Kluge Fellowship. 2009.

George Mason University. Mathy Junior Faculty Award. 2008.

Society for American City and Regional Planning History. John Reps Prize. 2003.

National Science Foundation, Program in Science and Technology Studies.

Dissertation Grant. 2001.

Gerald R. Ford Foundation. Travel Grant to Gerald R. Ford Library. 2001.

Current Research

Philadelphia riots of 1844.


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

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

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

“Ethical Pluralism: Scholarly Societies and the Regulation of Research Ethics,” in The Ethics Rupture: Exploring Alternatives to Formal Research-Ethics Review, edited by Will C. van den Hoonaard and Ann Hamilton. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2016.

“What Is This Thing Called Research?” in Human Subjects Research Regulation: Perspectives on the Future, eds. I. Glenn Cohen and Holly Fernandez Lynch. Cambridge: MIT Press, 2014.

“‘Rather Strong Advisory’: William Walton’s Commission and the Challenge of the FBI Building,” in Civic Art: A Centennial History of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, edited by Thomas Luebke. University of Massachusetts Press, 2013.

“Transportation and the Uniting of the Nation,” in To Promote the National Welfare: The Case for Big Government, edited by Steve Conn. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.

“The Case Against Ethics Review in the Social Sciences.” Research Ethics 7 (2011): 120–131. (United Kingdom)

“The Making of an Auto-Dependent Edge City: The Case of Fairfax County, Virginia,” in Daniel Rubey, ed. Redefining Suburban Studies: Searching for New Paradigms. Hempstead, New York: Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University, 2009.

“How Talking Became Human Subjects Research: The Federal Regulation of the Social Sciences, 1965-1991.”Journal of Policy History 21 (Winter 2009): 3-37.

“The Freeway Fight in Washington, D.C.: The Three Sisters Bridge in Three Administrations,” Journal of Urban History 30 (July 2004): 648-673.

“Mapping Metro, 1955-1968: Urban, Suburban, and Metropolitan Alternatives,” Washington History 13(Spring/Summer 2001): 4-23, 90-92.

“‘The Bus is Young and Honest’: Transportation Politics, Technical Choice, and the Motorization of Manhattan Surface Transit, 1919-1936,” Technology and Culture 41 (January 2000): 51-79.