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David Schley specializes in nineteenth-century U.S. urban history and the history of capitalism. He received his PhD in American history from Johns Hopkins University. His first book, Steam City: Railroads, Urban Space, and Corporate Capitalism in Nineteenth-Century Baltimore, was published in 2020 by the University of Chicago Press. He is currently at work on another monograph titled Gridlocked: A History of Traffic in New York City before the Automobile, which reexamines nineteenth-century urban history through the lens of mobility. Schley has also written synthetic essays on urban and economic history for books published by Sage and Oxford University Press, and has published articles in Early American Studies and The Journal of Urban History.

Research Interests

Nineteenth-Century US History;
Urban History;
History of Capitalism;
Environmental History.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities


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