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.

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September 20, 2017
Scott McLemee reviews Manhunt: Unabomber, a dramatic miniseries about Theodore Kaczynski and his capture by the FBI.
September 13, 2017
Debora Diniz’s historical and ethnographic study Zika: From the Brazilian Backlands to Global Threat illuminates the emergence of the disease and how global health organizations have dealt -- and not dealt -- with it, writes Scott McLemee.
September 6, 2017
In True Sex: The Lives of Trans Men at the Turn of the 20th Century, Emily Skidmore describes how manhood in that day was as much a moral status as a sexual category, writes Scott McLemee.
August 30, 2017
In Newsworthy: The Supreme Court Battle Over Privacy and Press Freedom, Samantha Barbas makes clear how much Americans' views about privacy have changed over time, writes Scott McLemee.
August 23, 2017
What stands out in Linda Gordon’s The Second Coming of the KKK is that the Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s tried to create a world unto itself through spectacle, mass communications and branding, writes Scott McLemee.
August 16, 2017
In The Second Coming of the KKK: The Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s and the American Political Tradition, Linda Gordon emphasizes broad patterns, making the book more timely than even the headlines of the past few days would suggest, writes Scott McLemee.
August 9, 2017
As we await the arrival of the next solar eclipse, Scott McLemee describes how a group of Chinese researchers bravely studied one almost 50 years ago.
August 2, 2017
Byung-Chul Han’s In the Swarm: Digital Prospects describes how our society is well down the road toward a dramatically different, digital world. Much harder to discern, writes Scott McLemee, is where, or if, Han sees an off-ramp.
July 26, 2017
Scott McLemee writes of the recent passing of George A. Romero, the “godfather of zombie film,” and how his work was simultaneously horrific and satirical.
July 19, 2017
Mark Stein’s Vice Capades: Sex, Drugs and Bowling From the Pilgrims to the Present tracks how the vice of one century, such as bowling or playing cards, can become the wholesome family recreation of another, writes Scott McLemee.

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