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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February 17, 2016
Antonin Scalia's most-cited law review article provides a glimpse into at least part of that enigmatic entity known as “the mind of the Supreme Court,” Scott McLemee writes.
February 10, 2016
Scott McLemee reviews a new anthology that documents a place in which people are condemned to psychic torture so continuous it seems eternal.
February 3, 2016
A new book reconstructs the context and mood that made Dallas a hub of far-right activism in the late 1950s and early '60s, writes Scott McLemee, shedding light on the political landscape today.
January 27, 2016
Some people lived through early discussions of postmodernism and performativity, says Scott McLemee, thinking it sounded like David Bowie, minus the genius.
January 20, 2016
Hugh Pennington's new book, Have Bacteria Won?, goes straight to the heart of a growing public anxiety, writes Scott McLemee.
January 15, 2016
Celebrate or hate it as you will, writes Scott McLemee, Wikipedia has metamorphosed from its beginnings as a gangly cultural interloper into the de facto reference work of first resort.
January 6, 2016
In a new memoir, the brother of the Unabomber tries to make sense of his own past in the context of acts of violence utterly disconnected from his own memories, writes Scott McLemee.
December 16, 2015
Colin Dayan's With Dogs at the Edge of Life is the work of a mind that slips the leash of genre or narrow specialization at every opportunity, writes Scott McLemee.
December 9, 2015
Early campaigns to abolish the holiday form a largely forgotten chapter in American history, writes Scott McLemee.
December 2, 2015
A new academic book on the AMC series is a good conversation starter about the condition of "being a fan" in the everyday, typical sense, writes Scott McLemee.

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