Academic Staff
Dr. SCHLEY, David

Associate Professor, Department of History


PhD, MA Johns Hopkins University,
BA McGill University.


(852) 3411 6477


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


A. Book


  • Steam City: Railroads, Urban Space, and Corporate Capitalism in Nineteenth-Century Baltimore (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2020).


  • Gridlocked: A History of Traffic in New York before the Automobile (in progress)

B. Journal Articles


  • “A Natural History of the Early American Railroad,” special issue on The Environment and Early America, guest edited by Christopher Parsons and Cameron Strang, Early American Studies 13, 2 (Spring 2015): 443-466.

  • “Tracks in the Streets: Railroads, Infrastructure, and Urban Space in Baltimore, 1828-1840,” Journal of Urban History 39, 6 (November 2013): 1062-1084.

  • “Landscape and Politics: The Creation of Baltimore’s Druid Hill Park, 1860.” Maryland Historical Magazine 103, 3 (Fall 2008): 294-319.

C. Book Chapters


  • “Industry, Commerce, and Industrialization in the U.S., 1790-1870” in Timothy Gilfoyle, ed., The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of American History (New York: Oxford University Press, 2019), 37-60.

  • “Cities in the Early Republic” in Christine Paulus and Richardson Dilworth, eds., Guide to Urban Politics and Policy (London: SAGE Press, 2016), 21-32.


  • “The B&O Railroad and the Changing Use of Streets in Baltimore, Maryland, 1829-1865” in Ralf Roth and Paul Heesvelde, eds., The City and the Railway in the World (Burlington, Vt.: Ashgate Press), forthcoming.

General Research Fund:


  • "Gridlocked: A History of Traffic in New York City before the Automobile"


Early Career Scheme:


  • "Making the Capitalist City: The B&O Railroad and Urban Space in Baltimore, 1827-1877"