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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July 12, 2006
The academic blogosphere has no home base. Scott McLemee has a vision of the not too distant future.
July 5, 2006
University presses now have a chance for their books to reach larger audiences. Scott McLemee wonders when they'll start taking it....
June 28, 2006
Old controversies don't die; they eventually come back for more. Scott McLemee links up the loose ends from previous columns.
June 21, 2006
Last week, academic publishers met to grapple with the digital age. Scott McLemee takes a look at the strategic plan.
June 14, 2006
Admit it: You sometimes consult Wikipedia. Scott McLemee wonders if you should write for it, too.
June 7, 2006
The hurried patron spying Why Truth Matters (Continuum) on the new arrivals shelf of a library may assume that it is yet another denunciation of the Republicans. New books defending the “reality-based community” are already thick on the ground – and the publishers' fall catalogs swarm with fresh contributions to the cause.
May 31, 2006
The field of motorcycle studies has its own journal. Scott McLemee goes riding with the Footnote Gang.
May 24, 2006
The anti-anti-war left has a new manifesto. Scott McLemee feels dialectical and somewhat dizzy.
May 17, 2006
Enough with Da Vinci Code already! Scott McLemee champions a Renaissance man whose time has come.
May 10, 2006
A French thinker is writing the "conceptual history" of modern democracy. Scott McLemee takes some lessons.

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