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.

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Most Recent Articles

January 15, 2021
Scott McLemee reviews Crap: A History of Cheap Stuff in America by Wendy A. Woloson.
December 11, 2020
Scott McLemee discusses the podcast A Very Square Peg: The Strange and Remarkable Life of the Polymath Robert Eisler.
November 20, 2020
Scott McLemee highlights the considerable number of current and forthcoming books flagged as pertinent to COVID-19 and its impact, or to pandemics more broadly.
November 13, 2020
Scott McLemee reviews Bookishness: Loving Books in a Digital Age by Jessica Pressman.
October 30, 2020
Scott McLemee reviews Political Perversion: Rhetorical Aberration in the Time of Trumpeteering by Joshua Gunn.
October 23, 2020
Scott McLemee reviews Tobias Carroll's Political Sign.
October 9, 2020
Scott McLemee reviews Adrian Daub's What Tech Calls Thinking: An Inquiry Into the Intellectual Bedrock of Silicon Valley.
September 18, 2020
Scott McLemee reviews Joan Wallach Scott's On the Judgment of History.
August 28, 2020
Scott McLemee explores a series of essays on working from home during the pandemic.
August 21, 2020
Scott McLemee reviews Bernard-Henri Lévy's The Virus in the Age of Madness.


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