Christopher L. Caterine

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

Approaching diverse challenges with the eye of a communications strategist, Chris has helped deliver $100M+ consulting proposals, restructured non-profit operations, and led 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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Princeton University Press (2020)



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 service companies in the US and abroad.

Use the contact form below to inquire about event scheduling. Chris or his speaking rep can usually reply within two business days.


For conferences and stand-alone events, Chris’s most popular topic is informational interviews. Talks run 45 minutes with a recommended 30 minute open Q&A.

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


Chris offers interactive short courses on overcoming the psychological challenge of leaving academia and translating experience for non-academic audiences. Workshops run about two hours.

Past clients include Boston University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Humanities Beyond the Academy.

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

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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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