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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February 23, 2018
Almost a century after Prohibition went into effect, we remember it as Puritanism run amok. Scott McLemee looks into a book taking a different view.
February 16, 2018
Scott McLemee describes a few of the ways Philippe Charlier's study of the dead, When Science Sheds Light on History: Forensic Science and Anthropology, illuminates the world of the living.
February 9, 2018
Oxford report renders as charts and correlations something that would otherwise go undoubted: that a well-funded and well-organized hard-right political movement has forged its own media system, writes Scott McLemee.
February 2, 2018
Scott McLemee reviews The Young Karl Marx, which, on the eve of 200th anniversary of Marx's birth, contains themes of economic crises and inequalities that remain relevant today.
January 26, 2018
Scott McLemee highlights the panoply of books on Trump, or matters related to his presidency, that scholarly presses plan to publish between now and this summer's end.
January 19, 2018
Scott McLemee explores Michael S. A. Graziano’s The Spaces Between Us: A Story of Neuroscience, Evolution and Human Nature, which describes how we are each surrounded by a kind of invisible bubble possessing remarkable qualities.
January 12, 2018
Scott McLemee reviews Revenge: A Short Enquiry into Retribution, a compendium of one of the human imagination's most reliable, and cross-cultural, narrative templates.
January 5, 2018
Scott McLemee explores the Library of Congress’s recent announcement that it will no longer be a repository of every public posting to Twitter.
December 22, 2017
In the interest of peace on earth, Scott McLemee reviews some of the metrics that attempt to gauge the existence of other forms of life in the universe.
December 15, 2017
The repression of academics in Turkey is worsening, writes Scott McLemee, who describes the growing international protest on behalf of such scholars and how one might join it.

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