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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May 4, 2016
The torture of a foreign student has become the synecdoche for uncounted thousands of people now in Egyptian prisons or graves, writes Scott McLemee.
April 27, 2016
Scott McLemee reviews Life Beyond Boundaries: A Memoir, by Benedict Anderson, whose sense of scholarship, and of life itself, was that it ought to be a mode of open-ended exploration.
April 20, 2016
Several developments in the humanities this week are as newsworthy as the Pulitzers -- and possibly more consequential in the long run, writes Scott McLemee.
April 13, 2016
Who knows exactly what will happen to personal privacy in our high-tech future, but a new book at least stimulates us to think about it, writes Scott McLemee.
April 6, 2016
What happens when your darkest secret or most agonizing experience can be recorded, stored, duplicated endlessly and broadcast for the world to see? Scott McLemee reviews a book on privacy in the 21st century.
March 30, 2016
Once one of the best-known authors in the world but then for many years relegated to footnotes, Stefan Zweig hardly seemed liked a figure poised for rediscovery. But not too long ago, the comeback began, writes Scott McLemee.
March 23, 2016
Scott McLemee reviews a new biography on the scholar Stanley Fish, who, if he wrote a book of career advice, could title it The Art of the Deal.
March 9, 2016
You may think of yourself as smart, a good judge of character and destined for a life better than the one you have -- but someone appealing to those feelings can end up with all your money and no known forwarding address. Scott McLemee explains.
March 2, 2016
A recent report on the cost of publishing monographs should be of some interest to many people who buy, read and/or write scholarly books, says Scott McLemee.
February 24, 2016
Scott McLemee pays tribute to the life of Umberto Eco, who had an attitude of mind condemned to tireless curiosity.

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