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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March 26, 2014
A philosopher explores the ambulatory arts. Scott McLemee rambles on.
March 19, 2014
A new biography of the most influential literary theorist of his generation looks into his dark past. Scott McLemee thinks it's a scandal.
March 12, 2014
A new book traces the background of scholarship in the age of instant reproduction. Scott McLemee gets out the highlighter.
March 5, 2014
A new book looks at the twisted logic at work in a horrific crime. Scott McLemee investigates.
February 26, 2014
Seduction, adultery, Illegitimate babies! And don't forget Ben Franklin's cross-dressing friend. Scott McLemee is shocked, shocked he tells you.
February 19, 2014
The pundits have chewed over the question of inequality. Sociologists have different perspectives. Scott McLemee looks at an agenda-setting new book.
February 12, 2014
The figure known as "the Elvis of cultural theory" has just published a book of jokes. Scott McLemee is holding his sides.
February 5, 2014
It's a casino economy -- where the dealer always wins. Scott McLemee reports on a book about profit, loss, and education as a risky bet.
January 29, 2014
How much remains of democratic principles when a society is sunk in financial debt? Scott McLemee starts checking the books.
January 22, 2014
Does the best case for liberal arts education come from laboratory research? Scott McLemee looks into a neuroscientist's new book.


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