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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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...
August 19, 2009
Obama is a totalitarian illegal alien! He's going to execute grandma! Scott McLemee takes refuge with a classic study of political mania.
August 12, 2009
A graduate student in Baltimore proves that a small press can hit the big time. Scott McLemee investigates.
August 5, 2009
Scott McLemee looks at four recent university press titles that almost slipped under the radar.

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