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 15, 2006
Where's Thomas Pynchon? Scott McLemee finds traces....
November 1, 2006
The late Lawrence W. Levine tried to open the American mind. Scott McLemee hopes for a cease-fire in the culture wars.
October 25, 2006
Academic publishers are bringing out coffee table books. Scott McLemee takes a look at some recent titles.
October 18, 2006
Is Google a menace to humanity, or at least to Europe? Scott McLemee searches for the answer.
October 11, 2006
Was I.F. Stone a subversive or a patriot? Scott McLemee examines the evidence.
October 4, 2006
A graduate student has discovered a previously unknown poem by Robert Frost. Scott McLemee takes a passing glimpse.
September 27, 2006
Is Michael Bérubé a profiteer in the culture wars? Scott McLemee looks at his blog and his new books and the author discusses them in a podcast.
September 20, 2006
A new book by Walter Benn Michaels describes multiculturalism as bolstering economic injustice. Scott McLemee mans the barricades.
September 13, 2006
Is marking up a book a sign of concentration, or just graffiti? Scott McLemee considers the highlights of marginalia.
September 6, 2006
Perhaps 9/11 might have been prevented, but not the conspiracy theories about it. Scott McLemee tries on a shiny new tinfoil hat.


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