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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July 9, 2008
Was the new Pixar film "WALL-E" inspired by an American cultural theorist? Scott McLemee goes over the moon to find out.
July 2, 2008
University presses gathered in Montreal last week to discuss the future. Scott McLemee comes back with a report.
June 25, 2008
A new field of research is emerging, devoted to the study of ignorance. Scott McLemee did not know that.
June 18, 2008
Scott McLemee continues his preview of the publishing season ahead.
June 11, 2008
The longest-running IHE column passes a landmark. Scott McLemee takes stock of an "Internet decade."
June 4, 2008
What are the potential crossover books from university presses in the fall? Scott McLemee begins the survey...
May 28, 2008
Last week, Intellectual Affairs gave the recent cable TV miniseries “Sex: The Revolution” a nod of recognition, however qualified, for its possible educational value. The idea that sex has a history is not, as such, self-evident. The series covers the changes in attitudes and norms between roughly 1950 and 1990 through interviews and archival footage. Most of this flies past at a breakneck speed, alas. The past becomes a hostage of the audience’s presumably diminished attention span.
May 21, 2008
Are cable TV writers cribbing from Foucault? Not exactly. But Scott McLemee is keeping an eye on them anyway.
May 14, 2008
Looking for an affordable word processor that will also help you stay focused? Scott McLemee goes low-tech.
May 7, 2008
How did the life and work of the American philosopher interact? Scott McLemee interviews one of the "new sociologists of ideas"....

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