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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May 19, 2010
The historian Michael Bellesiles is making a comeback. Scott McLemee remembers why he had to leave in the first place.
May 12, 2010
How is intellectual life shaping up in the Obama era? Scott McLemee collects evidence from the news vendor.
May 5, 2010
And then back up again....Scott McLemee looks at new book on the history of reburials.
April 28, 2010
Two applications will make the time you spend online more efficient. Scott McLemee catches up with the pace of innovation.
April 21, 2010
A small humanities journal survives deep budget cuts. Scott McLemee finds out how its editor manages to maintain the publication -- and his own optimism.
April 14, 2010
Seven years ago, Iraq's libraries went up in smoke. Scott McLemee looks at a history of book destruction.
April 7, 2010
A university exhibit and a new book look at David Foster Wallace's life and work. Scott McLemee visits the relics...
March 31, 2010
Is it a tool, a literary genre, or a nervous tic? Scott McLemee jots down some thoughts.
March 24, 2010
Otto Weininger's writings were bizarre, unoriginal and morbid. So why are they classics?
March 17, 2010
The decision to honor a work in religious studies has provoked controversy. Scott McLemee meditates on the protest.


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