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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January 7, 2015
The retraction of papers is an embarrassing thing, usually done as quietly as possible -- but not if Retraction Watch can help it. Scott McLemee brings the noise.
December 17, 2014
A new book on jealousy has Scott McLemee taking a backward look.
December 10, 2014
A new book reflects on generation gaps and how they get that way. Scott McLemee takes a look.
December 3, 2014
Scott McLemee considers "The Americans" and a new book on childhood during the Cold War.
November 26, 2014
An ancient literary genre meets modern academe: Scott McLemee considers a recent "typology of scholars."
November 19, 2014
A recently discovered letter and a new book reveal a dark side of American law enforcement. Scott McLemee investigates.
November 12, 2014
A new book by a British scientist tackles science and medicine in a muckraking spirit. Scott McLemee thinks Americans need it ASAP.
November 5, 2014
Our devices grow ever more efficient, yet our lives only more harried. Scott McLemee reviews a book on the paradox of digital temporality.
October 29, 2014
He's a canonical figure in American literature, but Edgar Allan Poe's verse has always had its detractors. Scott McLemee considers a quaint and curious volume in his defense.
October 22, 2014
Given chance to consider bans on same-sex marriage in five states, the Supreme Court refused. Scott McLemee looks at a book on the long backstory.

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