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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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....
October 15, 2008
Is digital shorthand the end of literacy? Scott McLemee listens to a linguist.
October 8, 2008
Is U.S. literature too insular and media-crazed to merit notice by the Swedish Academy? Scott McLemee asks around.
October 1, 2008
Bernard-Henri Lévy has become an American media superstar. Scott McLemee thinks his fifteen minutes are about up.
September 24, 2008
A new book looks at the dumbing-down of American politics. Scott McLemee is surprised it's in one volume.
September 17, 2008
The late David Foster Wallace didn't settle for satire. Scott McLemee says farewell to a wild talent.
September 10, 2008
We reached the island on the morning of Labor Day, as the last of the vacationers were closing up their summer rentals; they caught the afternoon ferry back to New Bedford. At peak times, there may be 300 people on Cuttyhunk. It is a tiny island with a peculiar shape, located about two hours from Boston -- one hour each by land and by sea. A retired academic couple, Marvin and Betty Mandell, had lent my wife and me use of their place for a few days.


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