Ragan Fox is an Associate Professor of Communication at California State University, Long Beach. He is the author of several scholarly essays that have appeared in Text and Performance Quarterly, Critical Studies in Media Communication, Theatre Topics, the Journal of Homosexuality, Qualitative Inquiry, and the Western Journal of Communication. His blog and podcast have been discussed in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, People, The Hollywood Reporter, Out, Genre, and The Huffington Post.
He is also a performer. From 1998-2006, Fox regularly performed slam-style poetry and wrote two collections, Heterophobia (2006) and Exile in Gayville (2009). In 2005, he advanced to the individual finals of the National Poetry Slam, where he placed third in the nation. From 2005-2010, Fox produced and performed in a podcast titled Fox and the City. During its run, the show was a featured comedy podcast on iTunes, discussed in Out and Genre magazines, nominated for several Podcast Awards, and regularly aired on Sirius radio. In the summer of 2010, Fox was a contestant on the 12th season of CBS’s Big Brother.
He currently lives in West Hollywood with his French bulldog Beau and is working on an autobiographical, scholarly account of his reality TV adventures. The book, “Inside Reality TV: Producing Race, Gender, and Sexuality on ‘Big Brother.'” will be published by Routledge in 2018.