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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July 9, 2014
The U.S. leads the world in the size of its prison population. Scott McLemee check out a new book suggesting that tide is starting to turn.
July 2, 2014
Diploma mills are almost as old as the university itself. Scott McLemee wonders why there isn't more scholarship on the real problem of fake degrees.
June 11, 2014
An ebook series puts old scholarly papers in front of new readers. Scott McLemee thinks it's a model worth emulating.
June 4, 2014
A new book considers the founding father of psychoanalysis as self-made man. Scott McLemee has a look.
May 28, 2014
People refer to "the Me generation" as if there were just the one. Scott McLemee peers into Simon Blackburn's "Mirror, Mirror."
May 21, 2014
How we communicate about disease can have consequences for prevention and treatment. Scott McLemee consults a new book on a recent epidemic.
May 14, 2014
A new metric for journals ranks them by open access. Scott McLemee checks the index.
May 7, 2014
There's a new academic journal about "adult entertainment" -- because of course there is. Scott McLemee is caught looking.
April 30, 2014
A publisher demands the removal of writings by Marx and Engels -- just before May Day. Scott McLemee fans the flames of discontent.
April 23, 2014
1177 B.C. was the kind of year people try to forget. Scott McLemee reports on a book that takes us all the way back.


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