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 26, 2015
We divide history into periods just to keep it manageable. Scott McLemee reports on a discussion of whether we're doing it right.
August 20, 2015
A new study probes the secret life a European scholar brought with him to the United States. Scott McLemee finds the mystery only deepens.
August 12, 2015
Michel Foucault made it clear that he wanted his unpublished work to stay in the archives. Scott McLemee considers how it reached escape velocity.
August 5, 2015
The 18th century saw the rise of a taste for crumbling architecture and beautiful ruins. Scott McLemee looks at a study of the contemporary equivalent.
July 29, 2015
Coming soon to an ecosystem near you: cloned mammoths, dodoes, and other long-dead beasts. Or semi-cloned, anyway. Scott McLemee learns the difference.
July 22, 2015
Does the arc of the universe bend toward justice? Scott McLemee looks into a philosopher's book on racial profiling and police homicide.
July 15, 2015
Historians are recovering the sounds, smells and other sensory details of the past. Scott McLemee checks the record.
July 1, 2015
Three years ago, the New York Public Library almost succumbed to a dubious renovation plan. Scott McLemee reports on a book about what happened next.
June 24, 2015
"What is it with Americans and guns?" the world asks. Scott McLemee looks for interpretations of free-range mayhem in the U.S.A.
June 17, 2015
A historian of journalism's new book takes us back to the psychedelic… 1950s? Scott McLemee goes along for the trip.

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