Hugh Raffles grew up in London, England. He has been an ambulance driver, a nightclub DJ, a theater technician, a busboy, a cleaner, and a scrap metal yard worker. He lives in New York City and teaches anthropology at The New School.
Hugh's writing has appeared in academic journals and more popular venues, including the New York Times, Granta, Natural History, Orion, and The Best American Essays. His first book, In Amazonia: A Natural History (Princeton University Press, 2002) was awarded the Victor Turner Prize for Ethnographic Writing and selected by the American Library Association as an Outstanding Academic Title. In 2009, he received a Whiting Writers' Award.