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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February 17, 2010
An academic autobiography that's not at all self-centered? Scott McLemee looks into an interesting composition.
February 10, 2010
All hail the scholarship of Jean-Baptiste Botul! Scott McLemee looks into a case of philosophical fact-checking.
February 3, 2010
Howard Zinn, author of A People's History of the United States, died last week. Scott McLemee salutes a voice of dissent.
January 27, 2010
It is not only people living on islands who count as insular -- etymology notwithstanding. Consider a recent piece by New York Times columnist David Brooks, whose usual shtick might be called “Thornstein Veblen for Dummies.” Using the disaster in Haiti following the earthquake earlier this month as his peg, Brooks diagnosed the country’s poverty and imploding civil society as byproducts of Voodoo – which, with its magical worldview, discourages rational calculation and planning.
January 20, 2010
The psychiatric emergency room is where people have the worst day of their lives. Scott McLemee recommends a gripping memoir.
January 13, 2010
A black, gay professor is murdered in cold blood in Bloomington. Scott McLemee looks into a hate crime.
January 6, 2010
An unusual cultural journal has reinvented itself, both online and in print. Scott McLemee looks into its latest anthology.
December 30, 2009
A new book presents literary theorist Terry Eagleton in conversation. Scott McLemee eavesdrops with enthusiasm.
December 16, 2009
The Savage Detectives and 2666 make literature feel like a matter of life and death. Scott McLemee interviews a prominent Bolaño-logist.
December 9, 2009
Cornel West was in The Matrix, but cultural politics isn't a video game. Scott McLemee responds to the continuing discussion.


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