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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April 17, 2013
A new book explores the subterranean connections between geology and mythology. Scott McLemee returns from the land of the ice and snow, from the midnight sun where the hot springs blow.
April 10, 2013
Who knew that WikiLeaks was around in 1773? Scott McLemee takes a look at Ben Franklin's role -- part Bradley Manning, part Julian Assange...
April 3, 2013
Just in time for the new season, a new book looks at cable TV's hit historical drama about advertising in the 1960s. Scott McLemee grabs the remote control.
March 27, 2013
Sure, digital humanists can count how often Huckleberry Finn says "ain't," but that's not the point. Scott McLemee looks at a caricature -- and the real thing.
March 6, 2013
Can believers and unbelievers find fellowship? Scott McLemee looks at the 21st-century dialogue between faith and reason.
February 27, 2013
Jeremy Bernstein's "A Palette of Particles" offers a guided tour of the subatomic universe. Scott McLemee goes on a trip.
February 20, 2013
A long-lost play about the Haitian slave revolt is out in a scholarly edition. Scott McLemee wants tickets.
February 13, 2013
A new documentary puts cultural historian and academic gadfly Russell Jacoby on screen. Scott McLemee gets a front-row seat.
February 6, 2013
Didn't Immanuel Velikovsky's ideas go the way of Chariots of the Gods, bell-bottoms, and the pet rock? Scott McLemee looks at a monograph bringing him back into view.
January 30, 2013
A monograph on superhero comics and nationalism puts Captain America in a geopolitical context. Scott McLemee reports from his fortress of solitude.


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