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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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.
August 22, 2012
A new book by the eminent philosopher Jürgen Habermas shows signs of political frustration. Scott McLemee shares his pain.
August 15, 2012
A new book treats solo acts of political terrorism as a rising trend. Scott McLemee can't avoid reading it.
August 8, 2012
Running for office? Let Cicero be your campaign manager! Scott McLemee ponders "How to Win an Election."
August 1, 2012
As "Breaking Bad" enters its final season, philosophers write about its moral universe. Scott McLemee samples what they've cooked.
July 25, 2012
Should it be legal for a doctor to give that one final prescription for suffering? Scott McLemee considers a book on death with dignity.
July 18, 2012
Nietzsche, Sartre, and Roland Barthes kept regular daily appointments with the piano. Scott McLemee listens in.
July 11, 2012
A cable news journalist looking at American life through classics of social theory? Scott McLemee checks it out.
June 27, 2012
Zygmunt Bauman's new book discusses education in an age of unrelenting instability. Scott McLemee consults a modern master.
June 20, 2012
A new book denounces competitive athletics as "a global plague." Scott McLemee pulls no punches.

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