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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September 22, 2010
The C.L.R. James Library in London is being renamed. Scott McLemee wants to halt the vandalism.
September 15, 2010
Will getting an e-reader change your life? Scott McLemee takes one step forward, two steps back....
September 1, 2010
Once, the e-book reader was a futuristic fantasy. Scott McLemee faces the ambivalence of living it out.
August 25, 2010
There's big money in applied narratology! Scott McLemee finds out too late to benefit from the bubble.
August 18, 2010
Being a full-time human guinea pig is a service-sector job -- with needles. Scott McLemee looks at an ethnographic report.
August 11, 2010
The late historian was provocative and courageous. Scott McLemee practices reader response criticism.
August 4, 2010
A new collection of essays continues "the religious turn" in philosophy. Scott McLemee interviews the editors.
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.

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