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 13, 2010
A black, gay professor is murdered in cold blood in Bloomington. Scott McLemee looks into a hate crime.
January 6, 2010
An unusual cultural journal has reinvented itself, both online and in print. Scott McLemee looks into its latest anthology.
December 30, 2009
A new book presents literary theorist Terry Eagleton in conversation. Scott McLemee eavesdrops with enthusiasm.
December 16, 2009
The Savage Detectives and 2666 make literature feel like a matter of life and death. Scott McLemee interviews a prominent Bolaño-logist.
December 9, 2009
Cornel West was in The Matrix, but cultural politics isn't a video game. Scott McLemee responds to the continuing discussion.
December 2, 2009
Cornel West's latest book is a memoir. Scott McLemee thinks it marks the end of the line.
November 25, 2009
It is possible that I have too many books. There, I said it. (That felt weird.)
November 18, 2009
A celebrity so big that party politics can't hold her. Scott McLemee takes a look at Going Rouge.
November 11, 2009
40 years ago, Monty Python brought deconstruction to the telly. Scott McLemee looks on the bright side of life.
October 21, 2009
Can scholarship in the humanities be done outside the ivory tower? Scott McLemee goes to Iowa to find out...

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