Scott McLemee

Scott McLemee is the Intellectual Affairs columnist for Inside Higher Ed. In 2008, he began a three-year term on the board of directors of the National Book Critics Circle. From 1995 until 2001, he was contributing editor for Lingua Franca. Between 2001 and 2005, he covered scholarship in the humanities as senior writer at The Chronicle of Higher Education. In 2005, he helped start the online news journal Inside Higher Ed, where he serves as Essayist at Large, writing a weekly column called Intellectual Affairs. His reviews, essays, and interviews have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Nation, Newsday, Bookforum, The Common Review, and numerous other publications. In 2004, he received the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing from the National Book Critics Circle. He has given papers or been an invited speaker at meetings of the American Political Science Association, the Cultural Studies Association, the Modern Language Association, and the Organization of American Historians. A selection of his work is available at his website. He is also a member of two group blogs, Crooked Timber and Cliopatria.

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February 19, 2014
The pundits have chewed over the question of inequality. Sociologists have different perspectives. Scott McLemee looks at an agenda-setting new book.
February 12, 2014
The figure known as "the Elvis of cultural theory" has just published a book of jokes. Scott McLemee is holding his sides.
February 5, 2014
It's a casino economy -- where the dealer always wins. Scott McLemee reports on a book about profit, loss, and education as a risky bet.
January 29, 2014
How much remains of democratic principles when a society is sunk in financial debt? Scott McLemee starts checking the books.
January 22, 2014
Does the best case for liberal arts education come from laboratory research? Scott McLemee looks into a neuroscientist's new book.
January 15, 2014
A new book portrays the muse of history as multitasking and interdisciplinary. Scott McLemee looks at her in a new light.
January 8, 2014
A scientist and his students comb the digital archive for traces of time travelers among us. Scott McLemee goes back to the future.
December 18, 2013
Mortimer Adler built a publishing empire around the Great Books of the Western World. Scott McLemee interviews an author who has mapped its terrain.
December 11, 2013
Which came first, intellectual arrogance or intractably ignorant boneheadedness? Scott McLemee looks at a new book on anti-intellectualism in America.  
December 4, 2013
In Anti-Crisis, Janet Roitman challenges one of the inescapable concepts of modern life. Scott McLemee risks an opinion.

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