Jon Parsons

I am a communicator, researcher, and writer. I currently work as a Director of Communications for the University of Waterloo. I publish books, journalism, and academic research.

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I specialize in strategic communications, media relations, leadership communications, and inclusive communications. I previously worked as a consultant in corporate social responsibility and social purpose communications.


I completed a PhD in literature, researching in the field of resistance studies. I have a specialization in phenomenology and research interests in applied ethics, disability studies, and extractive industries.


My writing in recent years has primarily been in nonfiction, journalism, and current affairs. I previously wrote works of fiction and poetry. My latest book examined the COVID-19 pandemic through the lens of applied ethics.

Check out some of my books.