Roger D. Hodge, 38, Joined Monthly in 1996

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NEW YORK ( -- Harper’s today named Roger D. Hodge its deputy editor, to succeed editor Lewis H. Lapham when Mr. Lapham steps down this spring.

Roger D. Hodge
Mr. Hodge, 38, earned a master’s degree in philosophy at The New School for Social Research but abandoned pursuit of a Ph.D. to join Harper’s as an intern in June 1996. He was then hired as a fact-checker, joined the “Readings” section in 1997 and edited “Readings” from 1999 through 2003.

He also led the relaunch of the magazine’s Web site in 2000 and its redesign in 2003. In December of that year, he began writing a monthly print column, “Findings,” about unusual medical, scientific and environmental news. He was named deputy editor in November 2004.

Mr. Lapham, 70, said two weeks ago that he would retire this spring to become editor emeritus after nearly 30 years in his post, opening up a world of speculation about the path Harper’s would take without his guiding hand. The magazine has been a staple of the intelligentsia for much of its 155-year history.

John R. MacArthur, president-publisher of Harper’s, rescued the magazine from near-death in the early 1980s with an influx of money from his family foundation and a demand that Mr. Lapham, who had been forced out, return at the helm. Mr. Lapham, who created the much-imitated “Harper’s Index,” will continue to pen his column, an anchor of the monthly’s upfront section.

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