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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October 1, 2014
Zephyr Teachout's book may become a manifesto for reformers -- but not so fast... Scott McLemee takes a second look.
September 24, 2014
Zephyr Teachout's Corruption in America charts a steady drift from early idealism to the cynical status quo. Scott McLemee takes a first look.
September 17, 2014
A new book challenges historians to quit studying the past through a microscope. Scott McLemee takes a look through the binoculars.
September 3, 2014
If a picture is worth a thousand words, how about a Venn diagram or a schematic diagram? Scott McLemee considers a book on the visual presentation of knowledge.
August 27, 2014
A sociologist looks at what happens when a third of the world's wealth hides in tax havens. Scott McLemee watches him slice the globaloney.
August 20, 2014
So you want to be a rock 'n' roll star? Scott McLemee reports on a book tracing the role's history.
August 13, 2014
The day of world domination by the ebook is at hand! Well, maybe. Scott McLemee checks out a more sober assessment.
August 6, 2014
A scholar's analysis of the rhetoric of successful public intellectuals focuses on their style. Scott McLemee wonders about their substance.
July 30, 2014
A new book argues that public intellectuals possess not just knowledge and opinions but something academics lack: style. Scott McLemee considers the rhetoric.
July 23, 2014
Combating prejudice is like the labors of Sisyphus. Scott McLemee interviews an author who keeps on pushing.

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