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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Most Recent Articles

November 25, 2015
How Would You Like to Pay? explores the anthropology of the expanding new world of smartphone wallets and other forms of mobile payments, writes Scott McLemee.
November 18, 2015
Two recent books give a much thicker account than daily news reports of the group behind the Paris attacks, writes Scott McLemee. But he doesn't recommend them for anyone whose nerves are easily jarred.
November 11, 2015
According to Christophe Charle's book on the topic, a debate over their definition and role has raged since the beginning, writes Scott McLemee.
November 4, 2015
Over the past century and a half or so, petroleum has been abundant and relatively easy to extract, Scott McLemee writes. The next 150 years -- in fact, the next 15 -- do not look quite so promising.
October 28, 2015
The new movie Experimenter, about social psychologist Stanley Milgram, makes the ethical questions concerning the deception and mistreatment of research participants much more tangible and pressing, says Scott McLemee.
October 21, 2015
While it's possible today to conduct every state of the writing process without ever touching a piece of paper, to Scott McLemee, it sounds like a relentless hell of perfect efficiency.
October 14, 2015
Paul B. Wignall's book on how Earth has withstood waves of cataclysmic extinction make the fall of dinosaurs seem like last week's news, writes Scott McLemee.
October 7, 2015
Writer, professor, tattoo artist … not so daring now, but 60 years ago, it was another story. Scott McLemee on the lost essays of a wild one.
September 30, 2015
A philosopher's commitment to fascism raises controversy … again. Scott McLemee is scandalized.
September 23, 2015
Obfuscation: it's not just for post-structuralists anymore. Scott McLemee discusses a book on creating privacy in digital society.


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