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 7, 2006
The hurried patron spying Why Truth Matters (Continuum) on the new arrivals shelf of a library may assume that it is yet another denunciation of the Republicans. New books defending the “reality-based community” are already thick on the ground – and the publishers' fall catalogs swarm with fresh contributions to the cause.
May 31, 2006
The field of motorcycle studies has its own journal. Scott McLemee goes riding with the Footnote Gang.
May 24, 2006
The anti-anti-war left has a new manifesto. Scott McLemee feels dialectical and somewhat dizzy.
May 17, 2006
Enough with Da Vinci Code already! Scott McLemee champions a Renaissance man whose time has come.
May 10, 2006
A French thinker is writing the "conceptual history" of modern democracy. Scott McLemee takes some lessons.
May 3, 2006
John Kenneth Galbraith was one of America's most famous economists. Scott McLemee takes a look at another side of his work.
April 26, 2006
American historians just visited the nation's capital for a convention. Scott McLemee kept a diary.
April 19, 2006
The notorious Bettie Page is just part of American pin-up history. Scott McLemee finds out the rest of the story.
April 12, 2006
People are bringing cell phones into libraries and academic conferences. Scott McLemee wants to take them out.
April 5, 2006
An independent film documents the life and times of a beloved campus hangout. Scott McLemee loiters with intent.


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