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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March 4, 2015
The age of print is giving way to the digital age... right? Scott McLemee looks into a scholar’s alternative perspective.
February 25, 2015
A new graduate program aims to train the next generation of architects of the public-intellectual infrastructure. Scott McLemee has a look at some of the blueprints.
February 18, 2015
Social hierarchy is a touchy subject. Scott McLemee looks at a sociologist's study of wedding across class lines.
February 11, 2015
Smoking is cool, sophisticated, sexy and enjoyable. Plus, it can kill you. Scott McLemee looks at a study of how students try to split the difference.
February 4, 2015
After hundreds of columns in the course of the past decade, Intellectual Affairs takes stock. Scott McLemee wonders whatever became of Ivan Tribble.
January 28, 2015
The new site 101 Innovations in Scholarly Communication charts the tech explosion. Scott McLemee has a look.
January 21, 2015
The controversy over vaccination only seems like a recent development. Scott McLemee considers a historian's account.
January 14, 2015
Some online political discussions lead to offline mobilizations and others don't. Scott McLemee looks at a sociological study of the difference that anonymity makes.
January 7, 2015
The retraction of papers is an embarrassing thing, usually done as quietly as possible -- but not if Retraction Watch can help it. Scott McLemee brings the noise.
December 17, 2014
A new book on jealousy has Scott McLemee taking a backward look.

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