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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March 27, 2020
Scott McLemee reviews John Kaag's Sick Souls, Healthy Minds: How William James Can Save Your Life.
March 20, 2020
Scott McLemee reviews Fear Itself: The Causes and Consequences of Fear in America, by Christopher D. Bader, Joseph O. Baker, L. Edward Day and Ann Gordon.
February 28, 2020
Scott McLemee explores upcoming university press books on intellectual vitality.
February 21, 2020
Scott McLemee reviews a crop of upcoming books focused on anger.
February 14, 2020
In his review of Eric Schwitzgebel's A Theory of Jerks and Other Philosophical Misadventures, Scott McLemee also focuses on love.
February 7, 2020
Scott McLemee ruminates on the passing of literary critic George Steiner.
January 31, 2020
Scott McLemee reviews Bernice L. Hausman's Anti/Vax: Reframing the Vaccination Controversy.
January 24, 2020
Peter Pomerantsev's This Is Not Propaganda: Adventures in the War Against Reality demonstrates that one variety of globalization is compatible with economic protectionism, cultural isolationism and an obsession with national sovereignty, Scott McLemee writes.
January 17, 2020
Scott McLemee reviews Daniel Belgrad's The Culture of Feedback: Ecological Thinking in '70s America.
January 10, 2020
Scott McLemee explores various scholars' rationales for self-plagiarism.

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