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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November 18, 2009
A celebrity so big that party politics can't hold her. Scott McLemee takes a look at Going Rouge.
November 11, 2009
40 years ago, Monty Python brought deconstruction to the telly. Scott McLemee looks on the bright side of life.
October 21, 2009
Can scholarship in the humanities be done outside the ivory tower? Scott McLemee goes to Iowa to find out...
October 14, 2009
Tens of thousands of people demonstrated at the US Capitol on Sunday to demand LGBT equality. Scott McLemee thinks while marching...
October 7, 2009
Need a guide to vocabulary in the focative case? Scott McLemee looks at the definitive study of "the F word."
September 30, 2009
Did humanity evolve with selfish genes? Scott McLemee looks into an alternative theory
September 23, 2009
Irving Kristol was the godfather of neoconservatism. Scott McLemee goes to the mattresses.
September 16, 2009
Jim Carroll and Paul Ricoeur looked death in the face and wrote about it. Scott McLemee reads the fragments....
September 2, 2009
An Eastern European thinker knows what to call the practices covered in the CIA report. Scott McLemee follows his lead....
August 26, 2009
A new book studies how criminals communicate with each other. Scott McLemee looks for career advice...

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