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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October 17, 2007
They long for a clash of civilizations that would destroy our liberties. Scott McLemee worries about the fanatics among us.
October 10, 2007
A new biography reveals Charles Schulz's personal life. But Scott McLemee looks abroad for an appreciation of his work.
October 3, 2007
Is Todd Gitlin a "left conservative"? Scott McLemee interviews him for a podcast and considers some afterthoughts.
September 26, 2007
If you do research online, there's a new digital tool that will make your life much easier. Scott McLemee plugs in.
September 19, 2007
A few months back, Intellectual Affairs reported on the work of a couple of social scientists who were studying the contemporary antiwar movement. They have been showing up at the national demonstrations over the past several years and – with the help of assistants instructed in a method of random sampling – conducting surveys of the participants. The data so harvested was then coded and fed into a computer, and the responses cross-correlated in order to find any patterns hidden in the data.
September 12, 2007
A legendary social science book is back in the news. Scott McLemee looks at a controversial classic.
September 5, 2007
The late Al Shanker was both labor leader and ideological warrior. Scott McLemee interviews his biographer for a podcast.
August 29, 2007
Polemics seldom age well. But when Harold Cruse published The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual during the fall of 1967, he aimed his verbal artillery in so many directions that it seems as if some of the missiles are still landing four decades later. (At the time of his death in 2005, Cruse was professor emeritus of African-American studies at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.)
August 22, 2007
Americans have no monopoly on crises of national identity. Scott McLemee takes off to the Great White North....
August 8, 2007
Imagine if world's most complete card catalog were just a mouse-click away. Scott McLemee chats with a young programmer who is making it happen.

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