Slate and The New Republic vet Ann Hulbert will be The Atlantic‘s new books and culture editor. The hire marks the magazines’s attempt to beef up their culture coverage and help expand and re-envision their online book coverage.
Ms. Hulbert started her career at The New Republic, where she spent sixteen years and wrote Slate’s “Sandbox” column. She is currently studying community college reform at a Columbia’s J-School, where she is a Spencer Fellow. When the semester ends in June, Ms. Hulbert will join The Atlantic staff in Washington full time. Until then, she will pitch to the magazine.
“Ann has deep and impressive experience tilling books and culture terrain, in print and online,” Atlantic editor in chief James Bennet said in an announcement. “We’ll welcome her properly when she actually arrives, but wanted to share the good news in the meantime.”
Ms. Hulbert comes to The Atlantic with an impressive list of writing credits: she has written for The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Book Review, Harper’s, and the Times Literary Suplement. She has also written two books: The Interior Castle, a biography of writer Jean Stafford and Raising America: Experts, Parents, and a Century of Advice About Children. She is currently now finishing a third book about child prodigies.