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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October 12, 2011
Protest spreads from Wall Street to cities throughout the country. Scott McLemee interviews four professors who are tracking the movement.
October 5, 2011
Will a new series from Yale University Press aimed at young readers (and the occasional grown-up) catch fire? Scott McLemee takes a look.
September 28, 2011
A new book maps the corporate genome of composition studies. Scott McLemee has a look.
September 21, 2011
Why do publishers bring out so few books in translation? Scott McLemee interviews someone trying to change things.
September 14, 2011
Politicians and academics occupy different spheres. Scott McLemee looks at a new book on statecraft and scholarship.
September 7, 2011
The anniversary of 9/11 is just ahead, and scholars are weighing in. Scott McLemee does a quick roundup.
August 31, 2011
A global wave of student protests has spread over the past two years. Scott McLemee looks into a new book from the barricades.
August 24, 2011
A new book discusses the power and fascination of humiliation. Scott McLemee can't look away.
August 17, 2011
A historian's thoughts on recent American religious history resonate with the campaign season. Scott McLemee looks around the paywall.
August 10, 2011
Shortly before the bombing and shooting spree in Norway last month that left 77 people dead, Anders Behring Breivik e-mailed a thousand people the document he called his “compendium” -- a more accurate label than “manifesto,” as some have called it, since large chunks of text were cut and pasted from various sources rather than composed by the murderer himself. In its opening, Breivik says he spent three years preparing the work. It runs to 1,518 pages in PDF. There is no table of contents or index. Its final pages contain a number of photographic self-portraits.

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