Michael Hecht is the author of award-winning books of philosophy, history, and poetry. Her Doubt: A History (HarperOne,
2003) demonstrates a long, strong history of religious doubt from the origins of written history to the present day, all over
the world. Hecht's The End of the Soul: Scientific Modernity, Atheism and Anthropology (Columbia University, 2003), won the
Phi Beta Kappa Society's 2004 prestigious Ralph Waldo Emerson Award “for scholarly studies that contribute significantly to
interpretations of the intellectual and cultural condition of humanity.”
Hecht's first poetry book, The Next Ancient
World won the Poetry Society of America's 2002 Norma Farber First Book Award. Her most recent poetry book, Funny, won the
University of Wisconsin's 2005 Felix Pollak Poetry Prize, and Publisher's Weekly called it “one of the most original and entertaining
books of the year.”
Her book reviews appear in The New York Times and The Washington Post. Her newest book, The
Happiness Myth, was published by HarperOne in 2007.
Hecht earned her Ph.D. in the History of Science and European
Cultural History from Columbia University in 1995 and now teaches at The New School University. She lives in Brooklyn with
her husband John, and their two children.