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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October 19, 2018
In On the Future: Prospects for Humanity, Martin Rees encourages us to think beyond the new norms of diminished and collapsing expectations, writes Scott McLemee.
October 12, 2018
Scott McLemee reviews two new scholarly books on the American electorate and its discontents.
October 5, 2018
Scott McLemee reviews John Cleese's new book, Professor at Large: The Cornell Years, a selection of lectures and colloquies from his time moonlighting as an Ivy League don.
September 28, 2018
Scott McLemee interviews the author of The New Authoritarianism: Trump, Populism, and the Tyranny of Experts.
September 21, 2018
Scott McLemee reviews some of the university press titles inspired by Mary Shelley’s classic.
September 14, 2018
Masterpiece or not, William S. Burroughs' "The Revised Boy Scout Manual": An Electronic Revolution fills a puzzling lacuna in the Beat author's bibliography, writes Scott McLemee.
September 7, 2018
Avital Ronell's new book, Complaint, is not really about the recent harassment case, writes Scott McLemee. At the same time, it’s not exactly not about it.
August 31, 2018
In Altered States of Consciousness: Experiences Out of Time and Self, Marc Wittmann underscores how little separates ordinary consciousness from other forms of it, writes Scott McLemee.
August 17, 2018
Scott McLemee explores the speculation that Donald Trump used a racial epithet through the lens of several scholarly analyses.
August 10, 2018
Scott McLemee reviews a number of recent and forthcoming titles analyzing not just the alt-right but also the nearly global wave of new authoritarian and nativist movements.

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