Scott McLemee

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 14, 2022
Scott McLemee reviews Carl Erik Fisher’s The Urge: Our History of Addiction.
December 17, 2021
Scott McLemee highlights more books upcoming in the new year, with a focus on the pandemic.
December 3, 2021
Scott McLemee reviews Subconsciousness: Automatic Behavior and the Brain by Yves Agid.
November 19, 2021
Scott McLemee reviews Jonathan Gottschall’s The Story Paradox: How Our Love of Storytelling Builds Societies and Tears Them Down.
November 12, 2021
Scott McLemee offers a preview of next spring’s university press offerings.


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