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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June 24, 2015
"What is it with Americans and guns?" the world asks. Scott McLemee looks for interpretations of free-range mayhem in the U.S.A.
June 17, 2015
A historian of journalism's new book takes us back to the psychedelic… 1950s? Scott McLemee goes along for the trip.
June 10, 2015
It's the most important American political document scarcely anyone remembers a word of. Scott McLemee reports on a new book putting the Emancipation Proclamation in context.
June 3, 2015
Social-media researchers have more than enough material for their research -- and that's getting to be a problem. Scott McLemee makes some inquiries.
May 27, 2015
A social theorist's new book considers the darker impulses beneath phony smiles and social media "like" messages. Scott McLemee checks it out.
May 20, 2015
A new book challenges the idea that wandering attention is a flaw in our mental machinery. Scott McLemee tries to go with the author's flow.
May 13, 2015
The pre-eminent literary theorist of the 1960s and '70s went out fashion -- yet never really went away. Scott McLemee looks into the afterlife of an original.
May 6, 2015
Put down that chocolate and pick up some broccoli! Improve your attitude and you can do anything! Scott McLemee looks into a new book on the critique of self-improvement.
April 29, 2015
A historian's travels can contribute more to her work than archival sources. Scott McLemee reads Dispatches From Dystopia.
April 22, 2015
A prominent African-American professor unleashes a sharp attack on his mentor. Scott McLemee hears echoes amid the buzz.


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