Elizabeth Blackmar

Professor of History

Columbia University

Elizabeth Blackmar specializes in social and urban history. Her publications include The Park and the People: A History of Central Park (with Roy Rosenzweig, 1992) and Manhattan 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).