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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September 25, 2013
A newly translated book ponders and celebrates archival research. Scott McLemee thinks it's a classic.
September 18, 2013
Ronald Dworkin's first posthumous book is a defense of religious atheism. Scott McLemee reports on a matter of ultimate concern.
September 4, 2013
We may be decades away from cloning Bigfoot, but two new books on cryptozoology show that the truth is out there. Scott McLemee wants to believe.
August 28, 2013
Whatever happened to the shrinking work week that futurologists used to worry about? Scott McLemee checks into a volume in the field of leisure studies.
August 21, 2013
Everyone remembers Dr. King's speech at the March on Washington -- but not the blueprint for realizing his dream. Scott McLemee interviews the author of a new book on the subject.
August 14, 2013
A documentary about the philosopher, mystic, and rebel is coming out on DVD. Scott McLemee hears from the director.
August 7, 2013
A new book charts the rise of an artform so loud and harsh that "music" may not be the word for it. Scott McLemee brings the noise.
July 31, 2013
A new biography explores the life of Galen, whose medical writings were textbooks for 1500 years. Scott McLemee dissects his reputation.
July 24, 2013
Citing Internet sources in legal decisions and scholarship is the new normal -- and so are disappearing web pages. Scott McLemee clicks through.
July 17, 2013
We've learned to tune out the constant bombardment of advertisements. Scott McLemee looks at a new analysis of techniques for commanding consumer attention.


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