Moving along

Moving is a big part of academic life, and in this episode we talk about our own experiences and how it affects the culture of academia. How do you decide whether and where you’re willing to move? What are all the things you have to deal with? How do you adjust? How does the fact that so many people move for academia affect the culture of it (e.g., at a university almost all the faculty are from somewhere else; or the way conferences function as mini reunions with your friend circles)? Plus: We answer a letter about whether it’s okay to have higher expectations of the papers you review than what you are doing in your own research.

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The Black Goat is hosted by Sanjay Srivastava, Alexa Tullett, and Simine Vazire. Find us on the web at, on Twitter at @blackgoatpod, or on Facebook at You can email us at You can subscribe to us on iTunes.

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This is episode 28. It was recorded February 19, 2018.