Helping you communicate
your strengths and vision

Christopher L. Caterine

Chris connects the dots between mission, message, and market so you can convey your vision and value more effectively.

Approaching everything he does with the eye of a communications strategist, Chris has supported $100M+ consulting proposals, non-profit operations, and small business development efforts. His writing has been featured in outlets such as Inside Higher Ed and Research Professional News – and he has spoken on finding post-PhD career success at institutions such as Princeton, Johns Hopkins, and Stanford. His book, Leaving Academia: A Practical Guide, was published by Princeton University Press in 2020.

Chris currently lives in New Orleans with his wife Mallory, their son Caleb, and their cat Li’l Easy.

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Leaving Academia:
A Practical Guide

Princeton University Press (2020)

A great read for both early-stage PhD students who might want to prepare a Plan B and more seasoned academics considering working in non-academic roles.” Eryk Walczak, The LSE Review of Books

The first academia-adjacent advice book I’ve ever read… that is blunt in the way that I always try to be, and that I feel is ethically required,” Karen Kelsky, The Professor is In

I recommend this book unreservedly to any PhD graduate contemplating the move out of academia but not sure where to begin,” Inger Mewburn, The Thesis Whisperer

The reams of practical, actionable advice that Caterine packs into every chapter of this guide are underpinned by his compelling story of personal reinvention,” Chris Humphrey, Jobs on Toast


‘Leaving Academia’

Inside Higher Ed

Author discusses his book on how to leave an academic career. He provides advice based on his own experience.

A virtual guide to Leaving Academia

Princeton University Press Ideas

Guidance on changing careers during COVID-19, serving in part as a “pandemic preface” to Leaving Academia

Mass Exodus

Inside Higher Ed

Point of view on how the COVID-19 crisis stands to drive more PhDs from academia than any event in living memory, and where they can go for help

Overcoming the identity crisis

Beyond the Professoriate Blog

Discussion of how your core desires won’t change just because you’re leaving academia for a new career.

Si Credere Velis


Academic article on Lucan’s Cato and the reader of the Bellum Civile. My only regret is starting with the word “Despite.”


Chris is proud to be an inaugural member of the PUP Speaks program. He is available to deliver keynotes and workshops about Leaving Academia. His engagements have spanned private and public institutions, professional societies, and PhD career services companies in the US and abroad.

To schedule an event, please reach out to Katie Stileman using the contact form below.


For conferences and stand-alone events, Chris’s most popular topic is informational interviews. Talks run 25-30 minutes with a recommended 30 minute open Q&A.

Past engagements include Princeton, Stanford, Duke, and Nordicom.


Chris can teach short courses on overcoming the psychological challenge of leaving academia and translating experience for non-academic audiences.

Past engagements include Boston University and the Society for Classical Studies.

Leaving academia is hard, all the more so with a humanities degree… Chris has forged a a great deal of wisdom negotiating this transition and I was fortunate that he shared it with me… His insights into how to approach informational interviews and how to evaluate an opportunity were also tremendously valuable. I definitely recommend that any academic considering an alternative career get in touch with Chris!

Goda Thangada

Recorded events

Chris has spoken in a number of public forums to advocate for academics pursuing more diverse career outcomes.

Chris mentored and advised me regarding career development as I was transitioning from graduate school to an “alt-ac” career. His advice was always practical, detailed, and thoughtful, and I gained much from our conversations. He was able to provide encouragement, leads on specific companies to look into, as well as ideas on how to develop my “brand” and make my experiences relevant to employers. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for advice and support in pursuing a new career.

Elina Salminen


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