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 4, 2006
A graduate student has discovered a previously unknown poem by Robert Frost. Scott McLemee takes a passing glimpse.
September 27, 2006
Is Michael Bérubé a profiteer in the culture wars? Scott McLemee looks at his blog and his new books and the author discusses them in a podcast.
September 20, 2006
A new book by Walter Benn Michaels describes multiculturalism as bolstering economic injustice. Scott McLemee mans the barricades.
September 13, 2006
Is marking up a book a sign of concentration, or just graffiti? Scott McLemee considers the highlights of marginalia.
September 6, 2006
Perhaps 9/11 might have been prevented, but not the conspiracy theories about it. Scott McLemee tries on a shiny new tinfoil hat.
August 30, 2006
After 3 seasons of eloquence and bloodshed, "Deadwood" has come to an end. Scott McLemee looks off into the sunset.
August 23, 2006
Why is America so strange? Scott McLemee interviews a historian with a surprising answer.
August 9, 2006
A public intellectual at Harvard has published a long-awaited collection of essays. Scott McLemee wishes you luck in finding a copy.
August 2, 2006
What is the Future of Minority Studies? Scott McLemee reports, you decide. (And check out audio of his interviews with Satya Mohanty and Paula Moya.)
July 19, 2006
America has lots of conservative pundits. But thinkers? Not so much. Scott McLemee recalls one of the few.

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