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 18, 2020
Scott McLemee reviews Joan Wallach Scott's On the Judgment of History.
August 28, 2020
Scott McLemee explores a series of essays on working from home during the pandemic.
August 21, 2020
Scott McLemee reviews Bernard-Henri Lévy's The Virus in the Age of Madness.
July 31, 2020
Scott McLemee reviews Reconstructing Democracy: How Citizens Are Building From the Ground Up by Charles Taylor, Patrizia Nanz and Madeleine Beaubien Taylor.
July 17, 2020
Scott McLemee offers a preview of fall 2020 books focused on the presidential campaign.
June 26, 2020
Scott McLemee explores books pertinent to COVID-19 that are forthcoming this fall.
June 19, 2020
Scott McLemee reviews How Everything Can Collapse: A Manual for Our Times by Pablo Servigne and Raphaël Stevens.
May 29, 2020
Scott McLemee reviews Shakespeare and Trump by Jeffrey R. Wilson.
May 15, 2020
Scott McLemee explores Alien Oceans: The Search for Life in the Depths of Space by Kevin Peter Hand.
April 24, 2020
Scott McLemee reviews Truls Wyller's What Is Time? An Enquiry.

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