Scott McLemee

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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Most Recent Articles

January 20, 2023
Scott McLemee interviews author Robert T. Tally Jr. on J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit: Realizing History Through Fantasy: A Critical Companion.
January 6, 2023
Scott McLemee reviews Jamie Kreiner’s The Wandering Mind: What Medieval Monks Tell Us About Distraction.
December 19, 2022
Scott McLemee reviews Denise Gigante’s Book Madness: A Story of Book Collectors in America.
December 2, 2022
Scott McLemee highlights forthcoming university press books of a more personal nature.
November 18, 2022
Scott McLemee reviews Leslie Kern’s Gentrification Is Inevitable and Other Lies.


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