Jennifer Michael Hecht
Jennifer Michael Hecht is the the author of three books of history and two volumes of poetry. Her bestseller Doubt: A History, demonstrates a long history of religious doubt. Her The End of the Soul: Scientific Modernity, Atheism, and Anthropology won the Phi Beta Kappa Society’s 2004 Ralph Waldo Emerson Award “for scholarly studies that contribute significantly to interpretations of the intellectual and cultural condition of humanity.” Her most recent book, The Happiness Myth, brings a skeptical eye to modern wisdom about the good life. Poetry collections include The Next Ancient World and Funny, which Publishers Weekly called “one of the most original and entertaining books of the year.” Her work has appeared The New Yorker, The New York Times, Boston Globe, and Washington Post. Hecht has a Ph.D. in the History of Science from Columbia University. She now teaches in Columbia’s MFA program and in The Graduate Writing Program of The New School.