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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June 21, 2017
Scott McLemee continues to survey some of the upcoming publishing season’s offerings.
May 31, 2017
Scott McLemee highlights some of the new books coming out this fall and winter that are likely to be of general or topical appeal.
May 24, 2017
Scott McLemee has found most recently published books on digital discourse -- memes, tweeting and other modes of contemporary communication -- hard to keep reading. The exception is Whitney Phillips and Ryan M. Milner’s The Ambivalent Internet.
May 17, 2017
In Citizen Spies, Joshua Reeves demonstrates that the surveillance systems established in America since the Sept. 11 attacks depend largely on habits that have been a long time in forming, writes Scott McLemee.
April 26, 2017
In Paranoid Science: The Christian Right’s War on Reality, Antony Alumkal shows that hostility toward science -- including a kind of fearful contempt toward scientists -- is fairly palpable, writes Scott McLemee.
April 19, 2017
In Finding Fibonacci: The Quest to Rediscover the Forgotten Mathematical Genius Who Changed the World, Keith Devlin helps rescue a mathematician from 13th-century Italy from near total oblivion, writes Scott McLemee.
April 12, 2017
In Dirty Secrets: How Tax Havens Destroy the Economy, Richard Murphy describes how the available means of concealing assets are so highly developed that they amount to an alternative global economy, writes Scott McLemee.
April 5, 2017
A scholarly framework and documentary format coincide in The Activists, writes Scott McLemee, which depicts the antiwar movement in this century’s first decade as an assemblage of collaborating but distinct groups.
March 29, 2017
The eminent New Yorker writer Joseph Mitchell profiled the greatest anthropologist in the world -- and his fans somehow forgot about it for decades. Scott McLemee reports from the scene of the excavation.
March 22, 2017
The condition of a refugee scholar is a 21st-century reality, writes Scott McLemee, so one of the oldest academic presses in the world has added a new periodical to its catalog.

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