Ragan Fox

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Ragan Fox
Interview of Ragan Fox after Big Brother 12, what he has been doing after it.
Born9 May 1976
EducationUniversity of Texas
Arizona State University
OrganizationCalifornia State University, Long Beach
Known forBig Brother (12th season)

Ragan Fox (born May 9, 1976) is an American communication professor. He currently serves as Professor of Rhetoric and Performance Studies in the Department of Communication at California State University, Long Beach.[1][2] In addition to his work in the academy, he gained notoriety through his appearance on the 12th season of Big Brother in the US in 2010.[3][4] Since 2005, Ragan has produced a podcast titled Fox and the City.[5][6] He is the recipient of the 2012 Lilla A. Heston Award from the National Communication Association for Outstanding Scholarship in Interpretation and Performance Studies.[7][8]


Dr. Fox attended the University of Texas at Austin for his Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees.[9] He received his PhD in Communication from Arizona State University in 2006.



Fox researches at the intersection of rhetoric and performance theory.[10][11][12] In 2018, his book Inside Reality TV: Producing Race, Gender, and Sexuality on “Big Brother' was published with Routledge.[13]

Slam Poetry

Ragan competed for more than a decade in competitive poetry slam and attended five national poetry slams.[14][15][16] He is the author of two poetry collections Heterophobia (2004)[17][18] and Exile in Gayville (2009).[19][20]


  1. "Department of Communication Studies". California State University, Long Beach. Retrieved 28 October 2019.
  2. Flaherty, Colleen (June 13, 2019). "When White Scholars Pick White Scholars".
  3. "Ragan". CBS Big Brother. CBS. Retrieved 25 October 2019.
  4. O'Connor, Caitlin (29 September 2010). "CSULB professor returns from "Big Brother" competition". Retrieved 28 October 2019.
  5. Fox, Ragan. "Fox and the City Podcast". Apple Podcasts. Retrieved 25 October 2019.
  6. "CSULB'S DR. FOXY IN THE BIG BROTHER HOUSE". 7 July 2010. Retrieved 28 October 2019.
  7. Addison, Brian (19 October 2012). "CSULB Prof. Ragan Fox Talks Communication, Queer Performance and Winning the Lilla A. Heston Award". Retrieved 28 October 2019.
  8. "CSULB Professor, Ragan Fox, Selected For 2012 Lilla A. Heston Award". 17 October 2012.
  9. Fox, Ragan. "Curriculum Vitae" (PDF).
  10. Fox, Ragan (2007). "Gay grows up: An interpretive study on aging metaphors and queer identity". Journal of Homosexuality. 52 (3–4): 33–61.
  11. Fox, Ragan (2007). "Skinny bones# 126-774-835-29: Thin gay bodies signifying a modern plague". Text and Performance Quarterly. 27 (1): 3–19.
  12. Fox, Ragan (2010). "Tales of a fighting bobcat: An "auto-archaeology" of gay identity formation and maintenance". Text and Performance Quarterly. 30 (2): 122–142.
  13. Fox, Ragan (2018). Inside Reality TV: Producing Race, Gender, and Sexuality on "Big Brother" (1 ed.). New York: Routledge. ISBN 9781138065574.
  14. "Ragan Fox". The Performance Poetry Preservation Project. Retrieved 28 October 2019.
  15. "Words for Words". 3 August 2007. Retrieved 28 October 2019.
  16. Fox, Ragan (2010). ""Ragan Fox is a Gay Slam Poet": An Autobiographical Exploration of Performance Poetry's Performative Implications". Text and Performance Quarterly. 30 (4): 420–429. doi:10.1080/10462937.2010.508535.
  17. Fox, Ragan (2004). Heterophobia. Lethe Press. ISBN 978-1590210192. Retrieved 28 October 2019.
  18. Aterovis, Josh (26 April 2005). "Ragan Fox on "Heterophobia"". Retrieved 28 October 2019.
  19. Fox, Ragan (2009). Exile in Gayville. Lethe Press. ISBN 978-1590211076. Retrieved 28 October 2019.
  20. "Ragan Fox". Poetry Foundation. Retrieved 25 October 2019.

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