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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August 1, 2007
There's a new report on the future of digital publishing in academe. Scott McLemee thinks you should drop everything and read it posthaste.
July 25, 2007
Ever dreamt of weeding out the excess books in your office? Scott McLemee interviews a professor who did the deed.
July 18, 2007
The end is near! Scott McLemee checks on the scholarly response to Harry Potter as devotees await the final chapter.
July 11, 2007
Followers of "the best economist in the world today" are coming to your campus. Scott McLemee reads their literature without giggling.
June 27, 2007
The cliché of the absent-minded, asexual professor is dead. Scott McLemee looks at "the new academic stereotype."
June 20, 2007
A prominent librarian utters dire warnings about new media. Scott McLemee hits the books.
June 13, 2007
The late Richard Rorty was a pragmatist philosopher and a generous soul. Scott McLemee looks back....
June 6, 2007
As the HBO classic comes to an end, Scott McLemee revisits an early analysis of the gangster as American archetype.
June 4, 2007
As publishers gather, university presses consider which books can attract non-academic audiences.
May 30, 2007
Heading to the publishing world's biggest gathering, Scott McLemee reviews a hard-hitting analysis of American literary culture, academic and otherwise.

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