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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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.
December 15, 2011
No sooner does disaster strike than the gloating begins. Scott McLemee interviews a scholar who tracks online trolls.
December 7, 2011
A philosopher digs into one of the less appealing emotions. Scott McLemee gives his new book a sniff.
November 30, 2011
Dwight Macdonald didn't suffer kitsch lightly. Scott McLemee revisits a cultural critic with attitude.
November 23, 2011
Two Christian scholars analyze the "parallel culture" of evangelicalism from within. Scott McLemee observes from a distance.
November 9, 2011
An American historian reflects on the human condition -- and on how trying to escape it can make things worse. Scott McLemee investigates.
November 2, 2011
Their slogan is "Literacy, Legitimacy, and Moral Authority." Scott McLemee hears from the book people of Occupy Wall Street.
October 26, 2011
A new documentary explores the life and influence of a major American social critic. Scott McLemee revisits a practical utopian.
October 19, 2011
A new book claims that the notorious emperor Caligula got a bad rap. Scott McLemee scrolls through it.

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