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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April 13, 2011
A sociologist's new book tracks the proliferation of awards in American culture. Scott McLemee wonders if we're all really winners.
April 6, 2011
Whatever happened to the peace movement? Scott McLemee looks at new research on the collapse of a cause.
March 30, 2011
Would a refined woman hire a hit man to kill her husband in cold blood? Scott McLemee investigates Janet Malcolm's new book.
March 23, 2011
With free e-books, you often get what you pay for. Scott McLemee discovers the art of making do-it-yourself editions.
March 16, 2011
Susie Linfield's The Cruel Radiance has won acclaim for its defense of the moral value of photojournalism. Scott McLemee talks to the author.
March 9, 2011
Zimbabwean activists may face death for gathering to discuss Egypt and Tunisia. Scott McLemee looks beyond Facebook activism.
March 2, 2011
Terry Castle's memoir blends critical intelligence and awkward recollections. Scott McLemee reads it in earnest.
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.

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