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Gabrielle Hecht


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Phone: 734.647.7937
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  • Affiliation(s)
    • Program in Science, Technology, and Society
    • Program in Anthropology and History
    • African Studies Center
  • Fields of Study
    • Science and technology studies
    • Nuclear power and proliferation
    • Colonialism and postcoloniality
    • Labor
    • National identity
    • Modern Africa (Gabon, Madagascar, Namibia, South Africa)
    • Modern France
  • About

    Selected Publications:


     Being Nuclear: Africans and the Global Uranium Trade (MIT Press and Wits University Press, 2012).

          Martin A. Klein Prize, American Historical Association, 2012

          Robert K. Merton Prize, American Sociological Association, 2013

          Susanne M. Glasscock Humanities Book Prize, 2013

          Honorable Mention, Herskovits Prize, African Studies Association, 2013

          French edition under contract with Le Seuil, forthcoming 2015

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

    The Radiance of France: Nuclear Power and National Identity after World War II (MIT Press, 1998; new edition 2009 with foreword by Michel Callon).

           Henry Baxter Adams Prize, American Historical Association, 1999

           Edelstein Prize, Society for the History of Technology, 2001

           Runner-up, Fleck Prize, Society for the Social Studies of Science, 2000

    Le rayonnement de la France: Énergie nucléaire et identité nationale après la seconde guerre mondiale.

           First edition: Éditions de la Découverte, Collection Anthropologie des Sciences et Techniques, 2004

          Second edition: Éditions Amsterdam, 2014

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

    Recent articles (selected)

    The bananization of nuclear things,” Somatosphere, 18 November 2013.

    “L’Empire nucléaire: les silences des ‘Trente Glorieuses,’” in Céline Pessis, Sezin Topçu, & Christophe Bonneuil,  dir., Une autre histoire des Trente Glorieuses: Modernisation, contestations et pollutions dans la France d’après-guerre (La Découverte, 2013): 159-187.

    “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. http://etc. 01/hecht-power-of-nuclear- things/

    “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.

  • Education
    • Ph.D. Pennsylvania, 1992