projects

Here are abstracts of some of my research projects.


Blackman, H. “Princeton’s Lost Museum: Arnold Guyot’s E.M. Museum of Geology and Archaeology and the great juncture of American natural science museums,” May 2016. Department of History, Princeton University.

This 45-page research paper concerned a close reading and reconstruction of the 19th century E. M. Museum of Geology and Archaeology at Princeton, (which featured the second mounted dinosaur skeleton in the world!), through an exploration of the background of Prof. Arnold Guyot, the museum’s first curator.

Blackman, H. “The Mantua-Makers’ misfortune: Reconsidering the 1720 Plague of Marseille through geospatial epidemiology and retrospective diagnosis,” January 2016. Department of History, Princeton University.

In this 45-page research paper, I considered the retrospective diagnosis of 1720 plague outbreak in Marseille. I concluded that this outbreak was initially bubonic plague spread through parasite-infested-linen and became the more virulent pneumonic plague, as opposed to traditional bubonic plague or competing hemorrhagic fever theories. Presented as a ten-minute talk at Princeton Research Day, May 5, 2016, and funded by the Lewis Center for the Arts to adapt project into a thriller novella.

Blackman, H. “NJ Development since 2000: 14 years, one big recession, and a shifting real estate market,” August 2015. Princeton Community-Based Learning Initiative Fellowship and New Jersey Future, Trenton, NJ.

This research project investigated the changes in average residential value and certificates of occupancy issued (COs) in order to attempt to establish the relationship between development and housing prices on the municipal level in New Jersey. I employed R statistics software and the Rutgers N.J. Legislative Data Book.

Blackman, H. “The Case for Citizen Inclusion in Urban Planning: Napa County’s Measure J as Alternative to Portland’s Urban Growth Boundary”May 2014. Princeton University.

This research paper contrasted Portland’s top-down urban growth boundary with Napa County’s democratized greenbelt zoning policy, arguing that Napa’s policy presents the opportunity to harness grassroots activism that can dilute corporate influences.

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