Samhita Mukhopadhyay Feb. 5 was named the first executive editor at Teen Vogue.
In her position, the former Mic senior editorial director of culture and identities will oversee the magazine’s editorial team and work on brand strategy.
“I am deeply impressed with Teen Vogue’s coverage of the most important issues impacting young women’s lives today, as well as with (chief content officer Phillip Picardi’s) leadership,” Mukhopadhyay said in a statement. “I am honored and excited to help lead this vibrant and inspired team to expand and deepen their coverage on everything from body positivity, fashion, pop culture, Black Lives Matter, college sexual assault and more,” the Indian American journalist added.
Mukhopadhyay earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in women's studies at the University of Albany, SUNY, and San Francisco State University, respectively.
She served as executive editor at Feministing, web manager at the Center for Media Justice, senior strategist at Purpose, and the director of strategic engagement and communications at the National Women's Business Council before joining Mic in 2016.
At Mic, Mukhopadhyay led the site’s coverage on topics like Standing Rock, Islamophobia, the Black Lives Matter movement, trans issues and college sexual assault.
Additionally, she is the coeditor of “Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance and Revolution in Trump's America” and the author of “Outdated: Why Dating is Ruining Your Love Life.”
Her work has appeared in Al Jazeera, The Guardian, New York, Medium, Talking Points Memo, Mic, and Jezebel.
A prominent speaker, Mukhopadhyay has presented at Women in the World, SXSW, California Coalition for Sexual Assault, and at universities including Stanford, Princeton, Columbia, Yale, NYU, and Rutgers, the magazine said in a news release.
“I have admired Samhita’s work from afar for quite some time. I deeply respect her ability to tackle complex topics and distill them in a sensible way for a young, engaged, and conscientious audience,” Picardi said.
Picardi took over as chief content officer at the Conde Nast publication last month, which now serves as the top-most role at the publication when Conde Nast removed the editor-in-chief position at Teen Vogue.
“After getting to know Samhita through this process, I am confident that her experience as an editor and a leader is exactly what we need to further propel Teen Vogue into the future,” Picardi added. “It’s an honor to welcome her as a leader of this incredible team.”
Teen Vogue has recently ventured into covering political and social justice issues affecting younger generations.
“I am deeply impressed with Teen Vogue’s coverage of the most important issues impacting young women’s lives today ...” Mukhopadhyay said, adding that she wants to expand and deepen its coverage on everything from body positivity, fashion, pop culture, Black Lives Matter, college sexual assault and more.