The Atlantic has named Ann Hulbert its new books and culture editor. Hulbert is a published author and currently a Spencer Fellow at Columbia’s Journalism School. Hulbert wrote for The New Republic for over a decade and was a contributor to Slate when it launched. Her writing has also appeared in The New York Times MagazineHarper’s, The New York Times Book Review and The New Yorker.

According to a memo from The Atlantic’s editor-in-chief, James Bennet, in her new role, Hulbert “will be assigning books pieces for the magazine, beefing up The Culture File with essays on various subjects, and working with us to re-envision and expand our digital coverage of books.”

Hulbert begins full-time at the magazine in June. Bennet’s full note is below.

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