Gabrielle Hecht

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Gabrielle Hecht

Professor, Department of History

Office Location(s): 2666 Haven Hall
Phone: 734.647.7937
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  • Affiliation(s)
    • History
    • Program in Science, Technology, and Society
  • Fields of Study
    • History of technology
    • Nuclear power and proliferation
    • Colonialism and postcoloniality
    • Globalization
    • Labor
    • National identity
    • Modern Africa (Gabon, Madagascar, Namibia, South Africa)
    • Modern France.
  • About

    Selected Publications:


    Entangled Geographies: Empire and Technopolitics in the Global Cold War, editor (MIT Press, forthcoming March 2011)

    The Radiance of France: Nuclear Power and National Identity after World War II (MIT Press, 1998). 
    • 2004 Re-publication as an ACLS e-book.
    • New print edition, MIT Press, 2009; foreword by Michel Callon and afterword by the author.
    Awards: Edelstein Prize (2001), Society for the History of Technology; Henry Baxter Adams Prize (1999), American Historical Association; Runner-up, Ludwik Fleck Prize (2000), Society for the Social Studies of Science, for The Radiance of France: Nuclear Power and National Identity after World War II (MIT Press, 1998).

    Le rayonnement de la France: Énergie nucléaire et identité nationale après la seconde guerre mondiale (Paris, France: Éditions de la Découverte, Collection Anthropologie des Sciences et Techniques, 2004).

    Technologies of Power: Essays in Honor of Thomas Parke Hughes and Agatha Chipley Hughes (MIT Press, 2001). Co-editor with Michael Thad Allen.

    Articles & essays

    “Hopes for the Radiated Body: Uranium Miners and Transnational Technopolitics in Namibia,” Journal of African History 51:2.

    “History and the Technopolitics of Identity: The Case of Apartheid South Africa,” with Paul N. Edwards, Journal of Southern African Studies 37 (September 2010).

    “The Power of Nuclear Things,” Technology and Culture 51 (January 2010): 1-30.

    “Africa and the Nuclear World: Labor, Occupational Health, and the Transnational Production of Uranium,” Comparative Studies in Society and History, 51/4 (October 2009): 896-926.

    “Uranium from Africa,” Chimurenga 14: Everyone Has Their Indian (March 2009).

    “The Technopolitics of Cold War: Towards a Transregional Perspective,” with Paul N. Edwards. American Historical Association series in Global and Comparative History, Michael Adas, ed., 2008.

    “Nuclear Ontologies,” Constellations 13:3 (September 2006): 320-331.

    “Negotiating Global Nuclearities: Apartheid, Decolonization, and the Cold War in the making of the IAEA,” in John Krige and Kai-Henrik Barth, eds., Global Power Knowledge: Science, Technology, and International Affairs, in Osiris 21 (July 2006): 25-48.

    “Rupture-talk in the Nuclear Age: Conjugating Colonial Power in Africa,” Social Studies of Science Vol. 32, Nos. 5-6 (October-December 2002): 691-728.

    “Political Designs: Nuclear Reactors and National Policy in Postwar France,” Technology and Culture (October 1994): 657-685.
    Awards: Abbott Payson Usher Prize (1996), Society for the History of Technology; Levinson Prize (1991), Society for the History of Technology (in mss form); Newcomen Prize (1991), Newcomen Society (in mss form).

    Current Projects: 

    Uranium from Africa and the Power of Nuclear Things. Current monograph in progress. Expected completion in 2010.

    The Technopolitics of Apartheid in Southern Africa, with Paul N. Edwards. Monograph in (early stages of) progress.

  • Education
    • Ph.D. Pennsylvania, 1992