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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June 13, 2012
President-for-life used to be a steady job. Now it makes you a target. Scott McLemee considers a book on the Middle East's bad old days.
June 6, 2012
University presses head to the publishing industry's annual confab. Scott McLemee tags along.
May 30, 2012
Historians are pondering the role of police museums in Latin America. Scott McLemee is watching the detectives.
May 23, 2012
Build an old-fashioned bookstore, if you have money to burn -- or consider the new model instead. Scott McLemee looks at the blueprints.
May 16, 2012
It infected a third of the world's population and killed tens of millions. Scott McLemee reads a new book recalling the influenza pandemic of 1918.
May 9, 2012
Fierce debate breaks out yet again about an ever-controversial field of scholarship. Scott McLemee keeps his eyes on the prize. 
May 2, 2012
Greedy publishers, overworked scholars, unnecessary books and too much hype...Scott McLemee reports on academic publishing, circa 1600.
April 25, 2012
Officials at the second largest research library in the United States have their talking points about its redesign. Scott McLemee wants them to change the script.
April 18, 2012
A new book on food panics puts the "pink slime" scare into perspective. Scott McLemee is what he eats.
April 11, 2012
Love him or loathe him, Thomas Kinkade was the most widely known American artist of the last 20 years. Scott McLemee surveys his landscape.

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