U.S. academics staying in Canada

by E Wayne Ross on May 11, 2009

University Affairs: U.S. academics staying in Canada
Some who moved north in Bush presidency have no plans to return

In 2005, just after George Bush was re-elected President of the United States, University Affairs told the story of a number of American academics who had recently moved to Canada – attracted north by jobs but also by this country’s more liberal attitudes. (See “The pursuit of happiness,”).

Four years later, those academics are still here. All say they’re committed to staying despite the election of Barack Obama in the U.S. and the less certain outlook for research funding in Canada. And – while this is by no means a scientific survey – they say they’ve heard of no American-born colleagues who are packing up and going back home.