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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November 27, 2013
A classic study of American Populism has reached its second edition -- 50 years after the first one appeared. Scott McLemee gives thanks.
November 20, 2013
Two new books look at familiar, diverting facets of life online. Scott McLemee tries to garner them some attention.
November 6, 2013
A philosopher known for scorched-earth polemics has made himself a bit more notorious. Scott McLemee considers the perils of paraphrase.
October 30, 2013
Scott McLemee considers the legacy of Lou Reed.
October 23, 2013
An eminent professor of writing offers readers instruction in the secret arts of the persona. Scott McLemee looks behind the mask.
October 16, 2013
It's the 100th anniversary of the income tax -- and a new book describes repeated efforts to repeal or blunt it. Scott McLemee finds the story moving.
October 9, 2013
Sociologist's new book explores time-tested techniques for avoiding potentially inconvenient risk of being understood. Scott McLemee foregrounds the opportunity spaces for discursive practice.
October 2, 2013
Long forgotten, J. Redding Ware was a philologist of slang and detective-fiction pioneer. Scott McLemee looks into Ware Studies.
September 25, 2013
A newly translated book ponders and celebrates archival research. Scott McLemee thinks it's a classic.
September 18, 2013
Ronald Dworkin's first posthumous book is a defense of religious atheism. Scott McLemee reports on a matter of ultimate concern.

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