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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April 23, 2008
How do military reservists balance the two sides of being "citizen-soldiers"? Scott McLemee asks the researchers.
April 16, 2008
A forthcoming book takes a fresh perspective on how poststructuralism conquered America. Scott McLemee checks it out.
April 9, 2008
A polemical book takes aim at African-American public intellectuals. Scott McLemee represents....
April 2, 2008
Readers come up with names for the era now winding down. And Scott McLemee looks back on it all....
March 26, 2008
The decade is winding down. Scott McLemee wonders what it was all about...
March 19, 2008
Harvard University Press has just issued a book promulgating a JFK assassination conspiracy theory. Let's put that sentence on the chalkboard and underscore the anthropologically interesting aspects of the situation, shall we? Harvard University Press has just issued a book promulgating a JFK assassination conspiracy theory.
March 12, 2008
A new book analyzes a famous photograph from Boston anti-busing protests. Scott McLemee takes a pre-post-racial look.
March 5, 2008
A new film takes an almost hallucinatory look at the protests in Chicago in 1968. Scott McLemee trips into its black holes.
February 27, 2008
Are there rules for what titles you are permitted to keep on your shelves? Scott McLemee thinks it's all rule of thumb.

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