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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Most Recent Articles

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.
July 10, 2013
Sex! Death! Race and class and politics! Scott McLemee rounds up forthcoming university press books sure to start an argument.
July 3, 2013
What's coming from university presses in the months ahead? Scott McLemee begins a survey of the fall and winter crop.
June 26, 2013
From Monty Python to your e-mailbox, it's everywhere. Scott McLemee finds its history surprisingly digestible.
June 19, 2013
Two million years after Australopithecus, humankind is sitting pretty. Scott McLemee finds a new book explaining how we got here. (Hint: It was served very rare.)
June 12, 2013
A year before he died, René Descartes sat down for a portrait. Scott McLemee discusses a new book on the back story.


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