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 27, 2016
In Return to Cold War, Robert Legvold gives a succinct, lucid, fairly dispassionate and almost incessantly even-handed presentation of relations between the United States and Russia, writes Scott McLemee.
July 20, 2016
After reviewing about 70 catalogs, Scott McLemee offers an overview of fall books being published by university presses.
July 13, 2016
Machiavelli's name has long been synonymous with political skulduggery, but Maurizio Viroli offers us a kinder, gentler Machiavelli -- someone who kept the common good in mind in ways greatly lacking in this election year, writes Scott McLemee.
June 29, 2016
Scott McLemee reviews Plots, an examination of patterns of storytelling that highlights Robert L. Belknap's excellence as a literary critic.
June 22, 2016
A fascinating new paper sheds light on how note keeping was once central to the pedagogical experience, deeply embedded in the whole social system of academe, writes Scott McLemee.
June 15, 2016
Scott McLemee reviews Michael Shermer's new book, Skeptic, in which the author debunks Atlantis, Bigfoot and a host of other pseudoscientific topics, as well as explaining and reflecting on real scientific developments.
June 8, 2016
Scott McLemee reviews a new book that examines the long literary and political history of a femme fatale that embodies two aspects of Eden: the beguiling female and the deceiving reptile, merged, literally, into one.
June 1, 2016
Scott McLemee ruminates on the memoir of Barbara Ehrenreich, who, while more or less an agnostic, undergoes what sounds like the sort of crisis described by saints and mystics.
May 25, 2016
Scott McLemee reviews Terry Eagleton's new book, Culture, which unpacks the concept in its title.
May 18, 2016
The 2016 election cycle is a murky paradox in which it seems impossible to think of Donald Trump as ever exemplifying a certain long-held conservative doctrine, writes Scott McLemee.

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