Jennifer Michael Hecht holds a Ph.D. in the history of science/European cultural history from Columbia University and has taught in the MFA program at Columbia University and the New School in New York City. She has published in many peer-reviewed journals, including The Journal of the History of Ideas and The Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences. She gives lectures at universities isuch as Harvard, Yale, MIT, and Cal Tech, as well as at The Zen Mountain Monastery, Temple Israel, St. Bart’s Episcopal Church, and other institutions. She's been featured on many radio programs, including On Being with Krista Tippet, the Leonard Lopate Show, the BBC, Talk of the Nation, and Brian Lehrer, and on television, including Hardball on MSNBC, the Discovery Channel, and The Morning Show. In 2010, she served as one of the five nonfiction judges for the National Book Award. She is a member of the New York Institute for the Humanities. Her 2003 book Doubt: A History, was a bestseller. Subsequent books include The Happiness Myth (2007) and Stay: A History of Suicide and the Philosophies Against It (2013).