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 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.
July 21, 2005
As the Supreme Court nomination process begins, Scott McLemee looks at a literary theorist's latest legal thriller.
July 19, 2005
Scott McLemee follows up some cross-references.
July 14, 2005
A lot has changed since 1908, but F.M. Cornford's guide to academic politics is as good as new.
July 12, 2005
When real-estate professionals wanted some respect, they created an academic field. Scott McLemee wonders how that worked out for them.
July 7, 2005
Revelations about a player in Watergate have put an end to one mystery. But Scott McLemee wonders if the enigma doesn't linger.
June 30, 2005
Scott McLemee decides it's better to meme than be memed.
June 28, 2005
Scott McLemee looks for favorite books on his shelves -- none of them about memetics.
June 23, 2005
Scott McLemee on a new book that traces the autobiographical undercurrents in the work of a major contemporary thinker.

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