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 25, 2012
Officials at the second largest research library in the United States have their talking points about its redesign. Scott McLemee wants them to change the script.
April 18, 2012
A new book on food panics puts the "pink slime" scare into perspective. Scott McLemee is what he eats.
April 11, 2012
Love him or loathe him, Thomas Kinkade was the most widely known American artist of the last 20 years. Scott McLemee surveys his landscape.
April 4, 2012
Procreation is a choice -- but is it a good one? Scott McLemee considers a philosopher's take on the question.
March 28, 2012
One of the great public research libraries is relocating part of its collection to give the public more Internet access. Scott McLemee wants to make some noise.
March 21, 2012
A straightforward problem in mathematics remains unsolved, even with a $1 million prize for whoever solves it. Scott McLemee thinks attention must be paid.
March 14, 2012
Driven underground by the Inquisition, a Mexican folk saint makes the 21st century her own. Scott McLemee reads up on Santa Muerte,
March 7, 2012
MLA has a format for citing Twitter? Scott McLemee looks at the shape of scholarly conversations to come.
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.

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