Far From Home: A Conversation About Academic Relocation with Clare Griffin


Welcome to The Academic Life! In this episode you’ll hear about:

  • What inspired Clare Griffin to move far from home.
  • The hidden curriculum of academic relocation.
  • Her research concerns given world tensions and wars.
  • The complexity of taking your pet from country to country.
  • The importance of creating a community.

Our guest is: Dr. Clare Griffin, a neuroatypical historian, fiction writer, and mental health advocate who is an assistant professor in the department of history at Indiana University Bloomington. Originally from the UK, her work has taken her to Russia, Germany, and Kazakhstan. Her research focuses on science, medicine, and expertise in the early modern Russian Empire, in particular how those processes intersected with colonialism and globalization. Alongside her academic work, she also publishes fiction and advocacy pieces focused on her experiences of neurodiversity and mental illness. Her new book is Mixing Medicines: The Global Drug Trade and Early Modern Russia

Our host is: Dr. Christina Gessler, who is the co-producer of the Academic Life.

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Dr. Christina Gessler is the creator, show host, and producer of the Academic Life podcast. She holds a PhD in U.S. history.
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