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 26, 2013
From Monty Python to your e-mailbox, it's everywhere. Scott McLemee finds its history surprisingly digestible.
June 19, 2013
Two million years after Australopithecus, humankind is sitting pretty. Scott McLemee finds a new book explaining how we got here. (Hint: It was served very rare.)
June 12, 2013
A year before he died, René Descartes sat down for a portrait. Scott McLemee discusses a new book on the back story.
June 5, 2013
Two overlooked articles consider massive open online coursework from distinctive angles. Scott McLemee flags them down.
May 29, 2013
Despite two generations of work by feminist literary critics, a study indicates that new books by men get disproportionate attention from reviewers. Scott McLemee reports from the literary battlefront.
May 22, 2013
The original search for the fountain of youth didn't pan out -- but a new one is under way. Scott McLemee considers "The Longevity Seekers."
May 15, 2013
Serial killers have become the cultural anti-heroes of the age. Scott McLemee considers a new book that traces the back story of a morbid trend.
May 8, 2013
Reaching your 50th birthday is nobody's idea of fun. Scott McLemee is just glad it only happens once.
May 1, 2013
Machines are "reading" novels that literary historians would otherwise never get to. Scott McLemee considers the results and prospects of "Macroanalysis."
April 24, 2013
Making books, artwork, and historical documents of all kinds universally available for free is a great ambition. Scott McLemee thinks the job will require a little more, though.

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