Scott McLemee’s reviews, essays, and interviews have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Nation, Newsday, Bookforum, The Common Review, New Politics, Socialist Worker, and numerous other publications.
In 2004, he received the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing from the National Book Critics Circle. He served on the NBCC’s Board of Directors from 2008 until 2011. 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 Kenneth Burke Society.
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 began a column on books (mainly) at Inside Higher Ed. He is on the editorial board of New Politics magazine.
With Paul Le Blanc, he co-edited C.L.R. James and Revolutionary Marxism, first published in 1994 and reprinted by Haymarket Books in 2018. He also edited C.L.R. James on the “Negro Question” (University Press of Mississippi, 1996) and appeared in the documentary Every Cook Can Govern: The Life, Impact & Works of C.L.R. James, released in 2016.