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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January 7, 2009
Just before heading to San Francisco for the annual convention of the Modern Language Association, I had a brilliant idea, or so it seemed. Between scholarly panels and face-to-face meetings, I would blog here at Inside Higher Ed. Instead of scribbling notes on a pad and then synthesizing out some kind of continuous text after the fact, this would mean recording the MLA in all its paratactic glory -- perhaps including links to YouTube videos of people saying interesting things in casual discussion after the panels.
December 17, 2008
An author's diaries are where the will to write is forged. Scott McLemee sneaks a guilty peek.
December 10, 2008
Eighty years ago, a prominent black intellectual disappeared from the historical record. Scott McLemee talks to the man who rescued him from oblivion. With a podcast.
December 3, 2008
A new book explores the art of the public grovel. Scott McLemee takes notes.
November 26, 2008
A new book considers how the brain responds to information overload. Scott McLemee thinks it's more than a distraction.
November 19, 2008
A new book reflects on the writer as migrant. Scott McLemee tracks it down.
November 12, 2008
The late John Leonard was a one-man cultural-studies symposium. Scott McLemee reminisces...
November 5, 2008
What should the president-elect study between now and the inauguration? Scott McLemee presents a reading list.
October 29, 2008
Why, after 30 years of deregulation, is the state bigger than ever? Scott McLemee checks out a new book on the paradox.
October 22, 2008
Students with more cash than brains know how to get their term papers written fast. Scott McLemee looks under a rock....

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