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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November 7, 2012
When is a forbidden book most fascinating? When it doesn't actually exist. Scott McLemee browses for the call numbers of the damned.
October 31, 2012
Was a legendary humanist and professor opposed to higher ed? Scott McLemee looks at the record.
October 24, 2012
You leave digital footprints when you do research. Scott McLemee listens to the librarians who follow them.
October 17, 2012
The most famous literary award in the world finally catches up with Chinese literature. Scott McLemee discusses Mo Yan.
October 3, 2012
The late Eugene Genovese was a great historian -- but his political example? Not so much, says Scott McLemee.
September 26, 2012
There's more to the American past than able-bodied pioneers. Scott McLemee reads A Disability History of the United States.
September 19, 2012
A historical study of clashing values in teachers' unions appears as Chicago teachers suspend strike. Scott McLemee asks the author for context.
September 12, 2012
A paleontologist explores the outer reaches of the evolution of sex in a new book. Scott McLemee feels kind of dirty just thinking about it.
September 5, 2012
Historians discuss the challenge of writing about the recent past. Scott McLemee tries to put things in context.
August 29, 2012
Two political scientists are publishing a study of the presidential election -- as it's happening. Scott McLemee looks at the work-in-progress.

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