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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December 1, 2010
Once, it was dangerous for professors to publish too much. Scott McLemee takes a trip to Geezer Junction.
November 24, 2010
At the start of the Great Depression, a moonlighting professor described U.S. culture perfectly. Scott McLemee unearths a classic.
November 17, 2010
Do the wretched of the earth need mobile phones? Scott McLemee recommends a symposium,
November 10, 2010
A neglected book offers insights into how prominent scholars produce their work. Scott McLemee makes a recommendation.
November 3, 2010
In a new collection of essays, scholars assess the presidency of George W. Bush. Scott McLemee takes a look.
October 27, 2010
Stewart and Colbert rally in DC this weekend. Scott McLemee opposes their extremist moderation.
October 13, 2010
The C.L.R. James Library stands fast -- and Amazon launches the digital pamphlet. Scott McLemee reports.
October 6, 2010
Measuring scholarly influence by citations made sense... once. Scott McLemee looks at the emerging alternatives.
September 29, 2010
Protest against a UN-sponsored conference in Iran has a new tactic. Scott McLemee reports.
September 22, 2010
The C.L.R. James Library in London is being renamed. Scott McLemee wants to halt the vandalism.

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