Elizabeth S. Blackmar

Elizabeth S. Blackmar

Research Interest


Ph.D. — Harvard University, 1981
B.A. — Smith College, 1972

Interests and Research

Elizabeth Blackmar specializes in social and urban history. She received her B.A. from Smith (1972) and her Ph.D. from Harvard (1981). Her publications include The Park and the People: A History of Central Park (with Roy Rosenzweig, 1992) andManhattan for Rent, 1785-1850 (1989). Her recent articles are “Of REITS and Rights: Absentee Ownership at the Periphery” in City, Country, Empire: Landscapes in Environmental History (2005) and “Appropriating the Commons: The Tragedy of Property Rights Discourse” in The Politics of Public Space (2005).