The following are abstracts of Harrison’s major research projects.
Senior Thesis: C.A. Doxiadis in Athens & the USA
“Planning for Ecumenopolis: Constantinos A. Doxiadis’ Quest to Design Postwar Athens, the U.S., and the World,” April 2017. Department of History, Princeton University.
From 1952 to 1975, Constantinos A. Doxiadis was one of the most prominent architects and urban planners in the world, and considered as important as Frank Lloyd Wright and Le Corbusier. Since his untimely death, the Greek architect’s role in postcolonial planning and urban planning theory has been largely forgotten.
This 177-page senior undergraduate thesis in history strove to reclaim Doxiadis’ legacy in post-World War II Athens and the United States, as well as his interactions with the Ford and Rockefeller Foundations, organizations which underwrote many of his initiatives.
The thesis awarded an A+ by a faculty panel and received the Walter Phelps Hall Prize in European History, the Hellenic Studies Senior Thesis Prize, the Urban Studies Thesis Prize, and the Department of Art & Archaeology’s Frederick Barnard White Prize in Architecture. It was presented at the Princeton University Urban Studies Colloquium on May 10, 2017. The manuscript is currently being revised and expanded for publication.
Princeton’s Lost Museum
“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.
It was presented on May 11, 2017 at Princeton Research Day and was published in the Fall 2017 issue of the Princeton Historical Review.
The Marseille Plague
“The Mantua-Makers’ misfortune: Reconsidering the 1720 Plague of Marseille through geospatial epidemiology and retrospective diagnosis,” January 2016. Department of History, Princeton University.
This 45-page research paper reconsidered the retrospective diagnosis of 1720 plague outbreak in Marseille. Previously considered to be bubonic plague spread through rats, this paper argued that the 1720 Marseille outbreak was initially a form of bubonic plague spread through parasite-infested-linen, which subsequently became the more virulent pneumonic plague. In doing so, it also challenges some of the long-held theories about bubonic plague spread through rats in the Black Death of 1348.
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.
New Jersey Future
“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.