Gabrielle Hecht
Professor of Nuclear Security, History, Stanford University

Gabrielle Hecht is the Frank Stanton Foundation Professor of Nuclear Security at Stanford University, where she is affiliated with the Center for International Security and Cooperation, the Department of History and the Department of Anthropology. She is the author of several awardwinning books, including Being Nuclear: Africans and the Global Uranium Trade (2012). She lives in San Francisco.

Written by Gabrielle Hecht

From the Chansonnier of Zeghere van Male (1542), Bruges. Cambrai, Bibliothèque municipale, MS 128B, Folio 116v. Courtesy ISMPL.org

Essay/
Environmental history
Human crap

We are demigods of discards – but our copious garbage became a toxic burden only with the modern cult of ‘disposability’

Gabrielle Hecht

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, November 2013. Photo by Jerome Sessini/Magnum

Essay/
Ecology and environmental sciences
The African Anthropocene

The Anthropocene feels different depending on where you are – too often, the ‘we’ of the world is white and Western

Gabrielle Hecht