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 23, 2011
A prominent literary theorist has advice on learning to compose sentences. Scott McLemee drops a line.
February 16, 2011
This year marks the four hundredth anniversary of an influential translation of the Bible. Scott McLemee hears echoes of it everywhere.
February 9, 2011
A new book considers the international policy implications of a siege by the cannibalistic undead. Scott McLemee aims for the head.
February 2, 2011
Did new media inspire the recent wave of uprisings? Or will Facebook yet prove a dictator's best friend? Scott McLemee checks on the debate.
January 26, 2011
Nona Balakian was an editor at The New York Times Book Review who joined its staff in the 1940s, after studying with the legendary modernist literary critic Lionel Trilling at Columbia University. She was one of the founders of the National Book Critics Circle, which, following her death in 1991, created the annual citation for excellence in reviewing named in her honor.
January 19, 2011
Why is gun control controversial? Scott McLemee wonders while waiting for the next massacre.
January 12, 2011
Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wall-Paper" is a feminist classic. Scott McLemee looks into the story behind the story.
December 22, 2010
Was there a book that rocked your world in 2010? Scott McLemee asks around.
December 15, 2010
Late last month, following a protest by House G.O.P. leader John Boehner and the Catholic League president William Donohue over its imagery of ants swarming over a crucifix, the National Portrait Gallery removed a video called “A Fire in My Belly” by the late David Wojnarowicz from an exhibition. (See this report in IHE.) Over the past week, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles painted over a mural it had commissioned from an artist named Blu; the mural showed rows of coffins draped in dollar bills.
December 8, 2010
A new book looks at the history of the human rights movement and reaches surprising conclusions. Scott McLemee interviews the author.

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