I am Associate Research Professor in the Center for Africana Studies and the Associate Director of the Program in Racism, Immigration, and Citizenship. I received my PhD in American Studies from NYU in 2015. I am the author of Badges Without Borders: How Global Counterinsurgency Transformed American Policing (University of California Press, 2019). At Hopkins, I teach courses on police and prisons, Black social movements, and social theory. I am one of the four faculty leaders of Inheritance Baltimore: Humanities and Arts Education for Black Liberation, a 3-year project funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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.
362.314 Police and Prisons in Comparative Perspective
362.315 Black Against Empire
362.115 Introduction to Police and Prisons
230.213 Social Theory
230.366 Black Social Thought and Social Movements
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 1960s” Public Culture 31.3: 601-623.
Schrader, Stuart. 2017. “More Than Cosmetic Changes The Challenges of Experiments with Police Demilitarization in the 1960s and 1970s” The Journal of Urban History (Online ahead of print).
Schrader, Stuart. 2016. “To Secure the Global Great Society Participation in Pacification” Humanity: 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 1960s” Cities: 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).
Stuart Schrader, “The Lies Cops Tell and the Lies We Tell About Cops” The New Republic, May 27, 2021
Stuart Schrader, “Defund the Global Policeman” n+1 138 (Fall 2020)
Stuart Schrader, “Trump Has Brought America’s Dirty Wars Home” The New Republic, July 21, 2020
Here Are the 96 U.S. Cities Where Protesters Were Tear-Gassed. The New York Times, June 16, 2020
Stuart Schrader, 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 Anticommunism” Boston Review, May 19, 2020
Stuart Schrader, “Harm of the Law” Artforum May-June 2020
“Roots of Imperial Policing” Black 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 Empire” Boston 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 Cooperation” SSRC Items, September 18, 2018
Quinn Slobodian and Stuart Schrader, “The White Man, Unburdened: How Charles Murray Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Racism” The Baffler July-August 2018
Stuart Schrader, “Henri Lefebvre, Mao Zedong, and the Global Urban Concept” Global Urban History May 2018
Stuart Schrader, “Review of Sidney Harring’s Policing a Class Society” Legal Form January 2018
Olivia B. Waxman, “What Experts Have Learned So Far From the JFK Records Releases” Time 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 Expertise” Toynbee Prize Foundation: Global History Forum November 24, 2016
Stuart Schrader, “Reading Jane Jacobs in the Era of #BlackLivesMatter” Harvard Design Magazine Spring/Summer 2016
Audio: Morning Show WBAI July 14, 2015
Stuart Schrader, “The Liberal Solution to Police Violence” The Indypendent June 30, 2015
Stuart Schrader, “From Charleston to Rhodesia” Jacobin June 25, 2015
Stuart Schrader, “Policing Empire” Jacobin September 5, 2014