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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July 28, 2010
How does the online book vendor's power affect publishers? Scott McLemee asks around in university-press circles.
July 21, 2010
An acclaimed dramatic series about the world of advertising returns to TV. Scott McLemee glances at the historical context.
July 14, 2010
A sociologist speculates on the nature and function of awards. Scott McLemee considers the merits of the argument.
July 7, 2010
A new book looks at how language conceals meaning. Scott McLemee puzzles over it.
June 30, 2010
Researchers are studying Twitter as communication medium and index of public opinion. Scott McLemee catches up on the scholarship.
June 23, 2010
A classic work on the Depression era is back in print. Scott McLemee rallies to its call.
June 16, 2010
A new book worries over what the Internet is doing to our brains. Scott McLemee scratches his head.
June 9, 2010
Martin Gardner was a polymath with a sense of humor. Scott McLemee pays tribute.
June 2, 2010
Rumors of Book Expo's demise are greatly exaggerated. Scott McLemee returns from the university press "ghetto."
May 26, 2010
University presses are rethinking how they approach the publishing industry's biggest shindig. Scott McLemee reports.

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