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 29, 2012
A law professor argues that the Tea Party movement is the Constitution's bodyguard. Scott McLemee gets schooled on originalism.
February 22, 2012
American politicians love American exceptionalism -- or at least to talk about it. Scott McLemee wonders if they know the concept's odd history.
February 15, 2012
Do advertisers aim hidden messages at the public? Scott McLemee examines a cultural history of concealed influence.
February 8, 2012
A new book series offers polemics against prominent figures -- including an influential academic turned politician. Scott McLemee casts his vote.
February 2, 2012
Historians look back at the 2008 election in a new book. Scott McLemee registers his impressions.
January 25, 2012
"The Lives of Transgender People" presents the findings from a 3500-person survey. Scott McLemee takes a walk on the wild side.
January 18, 2012
Debate over free speech and classroom controversy usually generates more heat than light. Scott McLemee looks at a cool new book.
January 11, 2012
Celebrity scandal or scapegoating ritual? Scott McLemee reviews a new book on Cablinasian studies.
January 4, 2012
A philosopher explores the nuances of rudeness, gossip, and other all-too-human tendencies. Scott McLemee has a look.
December 21, 2011
A new book reflects on what happens when we revisit familiar works of fiction. Scott McLemee takes a first look.

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