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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September 13, 2005
Scott McLemee talks with Astra Taylor about her documentary on the theoretical wildman of the Balkans.
September 8, 2005
Scott McLemee interviews Barbara Ehrenreich about the professional-managerial class, psychobabble and the desperate hunger of adjunct professors.
September 6, 2005
Scott McLemee takes a quick look at commentary on Hurricane Katrina ... muttering audibly, the whole time.
September 1, 2005
There are lots of reasons to complain about how the press handles books. Scott McLemee wants to do more than complain.
August 18, 2005
Scholarship and newspapers don't often mix well. Scott McLemee wonders if the situation can be changed.
August 16, 2005
"Political Theory Daily Review" may be the best-kept secret of the academic blogosphere. Scott McLemee talks with the figure behind the curtain.
August 4, 2005
The best American shows about adolescence were too mature for prime time. Scott McLemee takes a look.
August 2, 2005
A 50-year-old memoir about rape in wartime is as contemporary as the headlines from Darfur, Scott McLemee writes.
July 28, 2005
A brief look at Rene Girard -- literary theorist, interdisciplinary thinker, and admirer of the new pope.
July 26, 2005
Honoring the best tendencies in conservative thought means ignoring the worst. Scott McLemee has some idea where to start.

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