These days, I'm a Professor of Public Relations in Centennial College's Bachelor of Public Relations Management program.
In 2011 I founded ideas in flight, a social media and digital marketing consultancy that specializes in strategy, training and implementation for organizations of all sizes. I continue to run the agency; I've worked with major clients including TD, Blake, Cassels and Graydon LLP, the Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning at SickKids, Precise Parklink, Grace Foods, Taste of Nature, and many, many others. I also do a fair bit of public speaking.
Teaching-wise, I've taught at MBA and BBA levels at the Schulich School of Business and in the Creative Industries program at Ryerson University. (You may have seen a Buzzfeed article about my time at Ryerson.) As well, I'm still on faculty in the McMaster-Syracuse joint Master of Communications Management program, teaching social and digital communications.
My current academic research program bridges the humanities and business, specifically marketing and PR. In particular, I’m doing some work in consumer culture theory with Robert Kozinets of Annenberg at USC (if you’ve heard of CCT, you’ll be familiar with him; if not, go check him out).
On the humanities-research side of things – which I still do; it’s a fun hobby! – I’ll quote from the cover of my book, Postcolonialism and Science Fiction:
Jessica Langer received her PhD from Royal Holloway, University of London in 2009. She has published widely on postcolonial theory and practice and science fiction literature, film, video games and other media; her work ranges across a variety of geographical contexts including Canada, Japan and India. She currently lives and works in Toronto, Canada.
What can I say? I’m a geek.