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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December 21, 2005
Is there any value to debating what gets counted as a major literary work? Scott McLemee didn't think so -- until he saw the news from China.
December 14, 2005
A literary scholar pays tribute to the essay as a literary genre. Scott McLemee thinks you should wait a couple of weeks before reading this book.
December 7, 2005
25 years have passed since Louis Althusser went over the edge of sanity. Scott McLemee wonders what keeps drawing scholars into his orbit.
December 1, 2005
Does the work of pop philosopher Colin Wilson provide clues to a serial killer's motives? Scott McLemee is banking on the idea.
November 29, 2005
Is Harry Frankfurt's best-selling book useful for understanding the current political situation? Scott McLemee thinks we need another concept.
November 22, 2005
Scott McLemee revisits C. Wright Mills's advice on living the scholarly life.
November 17, 2005
A new manifesto announces the death of mass media and the emergence of the citizen journalist. Scott McLemee gives two (but not three) cheers.
November 15, 2005
Scott McLemee talks to one of the first literary bloggers about his decision to shift to online radio.
November 10, 2005
A new book by political scientists diagnoses a crisis in our civic life. Scott McLemee wonders if they have any good remedies.
November 8, 2005
Scott McLemee revisits the influential but elusive theorist Henri Mensonge, international man of mystery.

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