Badges Without Borders

My book, Badges Without Borders: How Global Counterinsurgency Transformed American Policing, will be published in October 2019 by University of California Press in the American Crossroads series. You can save 30% if you order it online from University of California Press (click on the "create a flier for this title" link on the lefthand side of the page). Check Indiebound as well.

Here is a short description of the book.

From the Cold War through today, the U.S. has quietly assisted dozens of regimes around the world in suppressing civil unrest and securing the conditions for the smooth operation of capitalism. Casting a new light on American empire, Badges Without Borders shows, for the first time, that the very same people charged with global counterinsurgency also militarized American policing at home.

In this groundbreaking exposé, Stuart Schrader shows how the United States projected imperial power overseas through police training and technical assistance—and how this effort reverberated to shape the policing of city streets at home. Examining diverse records, from recently declassified national security and intelligence materials to police textbooks and professional magazines, Schrader reveals how U.S. police leaders envisioned the beat to be as wide as the globe and worked to put everyday policing at the core of the Cold War project of counterinsurgency. A “smoking gun” book, Badges Without Borders offers a new account of the War on Crime, “law and order” politics, and global counterinsurgency, revealing the connections between foreign and domestic racial control.



  • For a brief, undergraduate-friendly text illustrating key themes of the book, see my Jacobin article, "Policing Empire."
  • For more on the book's background and origins, see this Toynbee Prize Foundation interview with me.



The American Studies Association awarded my dissertation "Finalist Mention" (i.e., second place) for its annual Ralph Henry Gabriel Dissertation Prize. That dissertation served as the basis for Badges Without Borders.


Upcoming Talks

Stuart Schrader in conversation with Osita Nwavenu (staff writer, The New Republic)

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 7:00pm
Red Emma's, 1225 Cathedral St., Baltimore

Stuart Schrader in conversation with Kirsten Weld

Thursday, October 31, 2019 - 12:00pm
Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History

Stuart Schrader in conversation with Patrick Blanchfield

Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 7:00pm
Wooden Shoe Books, 704 South Street, Philadelphia

Stuart Schrader in conversation with Orisanmi Burton

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 6:30pm
The Potter's House, 1658 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC

© 2019 Stuart Schrader