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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June 13, 2007
The late Richard Rorty was a pragmatist philosopher and a generous soul. Scott McLemee looks back....
June 6, 2007
As the HBO classic comes to an end, Scott McLemee revisits an early analysis of the gangster as American archetype.
June 4, 2007
As publishers gather, university presses consider which books can attract non-academic audiences.
May 30, 2007
Heading to the publishing world's biggest gathering, Scott McLemee reviews a hard-hitting analysis of American literary culture, academic and otherwise.
May 23, 2007
Looking for a brief holiday from total seriousness? Scott McLemee checks into some good destinations for a mental vacation.
May 16, 2007
Did a postmodern theorist conceal his Stalinist past? Scott McLemee looks down the memory hole.
May 9, 2007
How much excitement can you take? Scott McLemee looks at some scholarly scandals that seem faintly familiar.
April 25, 2007
If college leaders want to learn how to recruit female scientists, they might want to visit the U. of Maryland-Baltimore County.
April 18, 2007
Kurt Vonnegut is dead. So it goes. Scott McLemee gets unstuck in time.
April 11, 2007
Shakespeare wrote one of the most savage plays in the canon. Scott McLemee visits the dark side.


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