John. R. MacArthur, the publisher of Harper’s Magazine, announced today that, beginning November 1, Christopher Cox will succeed Ellen Rosenbush as editor of the 165-year-old monthly. He will be the fifteenth editor in the magazine’s history. Rosenbush, who has been with Harper’s for twenty-six years and became editor in 2010, will continue to contribute to the magazine as editor-at-large.
“In his five years at Harper’s Magazine,” MacArthur said, “Chris has brought in some of the most exciting work we’ve published. His editorial wisdom enhances the writing in our pages and guides the work of the younger staff members.”
“I brought Chris on board soon after I became editor and he’s been invaluable since day one,” said Rosenbush. “I know that I’m leaving the magazine in the best possible hands.”
Cox joined Harper’s as a senior editor in 2010 and was promoted to deputy editor in 2013. In his time at the magazine he has edited feature articles and short stories by Daniel Alarcón, Geoff Dyer, Rivka Galchen, Adam Johnson, Stephen King, Barry Lopez, Alice Munro, Annie Proulx, Karen Russell, and Colson Whitehead, among others. He also oversees the fiction and reviews section. Work that he has edited has won the National Magazine Award, the PEN Literary Award for Journalism, an Overseas Press Club award, and has been included in several Best American collections.
Before he came to Harper’s, Cox was senior editor at The Paris Review. He was born in Atlanta, Georgia, graduated from Harvard in 2002, and earned a master’s degree from the University of Cambridge in 2004. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and daughter.
“I am honored to be given the opportunity to run a magazine that I have long revered,” Cox said. “Harper’s has consistently published the most vital and innovative writing out there—a tradition that’s been as strong under Ellen’s leadership as it has for the 160 years before that. I look forward to continuing that tradition, and to finding new ways to bring our peerless mix of reportage, essays, poetry, and fiction to readers everywhere.”