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

American Historical Association. James Harvey Robinson Prize, 2022.

George Mason University. Rick Holt Active Transportation Advocate Award, 2022.

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.


The Fires of Philadelphia: Citizen-Soldiers, Nativists, and the 1844 Riots Over the Soul of a Nation. New York: Pegasus Books, 2021.

The Princeton Guide to Historical Research.
Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2021.

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.

Refereed Journal Articles

2021 Scott W. Berg and Zachary M. Schrag, “It Takes Two: Combining English and History to Team Teach Narrative Writing,” Journal of American History 107, no. 4 (March 2021): 968–73.

2020   “Interviewing Everyman: William Sheridan Allen, Theodore Rosengarten, and the Allure of Pseudonymous History,” Rethinking History, published online 6 February 2020.

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. [Material later incorporated into Ethical Imperialism.]

2000   “‘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.

Invited Journal Articles and Book Chapters

2022    “‘Things That Should Look Permanent Forever’: The Challenges of Preserving the Washington Metro.” APT Bulletin: The Journal of Preservation Technology 53 no. 1 (2022), 21-29.

2019   “Vexed Again: Social Scientists and the Revision of the Common Rule, 2011-2018.” Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics 47 (2019): 254-263.

2016   “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.

2014   “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.

2013   “‘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.

2012   “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.

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

2009   “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. [Adapted from The Great Society Subway, chapter 9.]

2004   “The Freeway Fight in Washington, D.C.: The Three Sisters Bridge in Three Administrations,” Journal of Urban History 30 (July 2004): 648-673. [Material later incorporated into The Great Society Subway, chapter 5.]

2001   “Mapping Metro, 1955-1968: Urban, Suburban, and Metropolitan Alternatives,” Washington History 13 (Spring/Summer 2001): 4-23, 90-92. [Material later incorporated into The Great Society Subway.]