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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May 10, 2006
A French thinker is writing the "conceptual history" of modern democracy. Scott McLemee takes some lessons.
May 3, 2006
John Kenneth Galbraith was one of America's most famous economists. Scott McLemee takes a look at another side of his work.
April 26, 2006
American historians just visited the nation's capital for a convention. Scott McLemee kept a diary.
April 19, 2006
The notorious Bettie Page is just part of American pin-up history. Scott McLemee finds out the rest of the story.
April 12, 2006
People are bringing cell phones into libraries and academic conferences. Scott McLemee wants to take them out.
April 5, 2006
An independent film documents the life and times of a beloved campus hangout. Scott McLemee loiters with intent.
March 29, 2006
A new book by Garry Wills asks what Jesus meant. Scott McLemee stays for an answer.
March 22, 2006
Once a band gets to the recording studio, lawyers often grab the microphone. Scott McLemee asks a musicologist if that's a good thing.
March 15, 2006
A new television program is accused of glorifying polygamy. As Scott McLemee discovers, the literary canon may be even more culpable.
March 8, 2006
A new book offers guidance to the aspiring mathematician. Scott McLemee has a look.

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