Tobias Hecht

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Tobias Hecht (born 18 February 1964) is an American anthropologist, ethnographer, and translator.


Hecht was born in Seattle, Washington. He received his B.A. from Columbia University in 1986 and his Ph.D. in Social Anthropology in 1995 from the University of Cambridge, [1] and was the winner of the 2002 Margaret Mead Award, for his book At Home in the Street: Street Children of Northeast Brazil, an innovative study of street children in Northeastern Brazil. [2]

In 2002–2003 he was the recipient of a Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation research grant for his work on The violent life of Bruna Verissimo: An experimental ethnographic biography of a homeless Brazilian youth. [3] His 2006 novel After Life: An Ethnographic Novel was based in part on that work. [4]

In 2005 Hecht placed second in the Hucha de Oro, Spain's most important literary competition for short works of fiction. [5] He taught at Pomona College. [6]

Selected bibliography

Edited books


  1. "Columbia College Today". Retrieved 2022-06-10.
  2. 2002 Margaret Mead Award Recipient Tobias Hecht, Society for Applied Anthropology website. Retrieved January 22, 2010.
  3. Past Research Grants, 2001-2005, Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation website. Retrieved January 22, 2010.
  4. "After Life: An Ethnographic Novel", Duke University Press. Retrieved January 22, 2010, ISBN   978-0822337881
  5. La Sexta Columna / Tobias Hecht (Segundo premio "Hucha de Oro" 2005), Información del Artículo, Colección "Hucha de Oro", La Fundación de las Cajas de Ahorros (FUNCAS) website. Retrieved January 22, 2010.
  6. Claremont, Pomona College Mailing Address: 333 N. College Way; Ca 91711621-8000 (2015-06-15). "Why I Majored in Anthropology". Pomona College in Claremont, California - Pomona College. Retrieved 2022-06-10.

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