Curriculum Vitae

updated spring 2018

 

EDUCATION

Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

Ph.D., Communication Studies, 2006

 

University of Texas, Austin, Austin, TX

M.A., Human Communication, 2001

 

University of Texas, Austin, Austin, TX

B.S., Speech Communication, 1999

 

PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENT

California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA

Professor, 2017-Present

Associate Professor, 2012-2017

Assistant Professor, 2006-2012

 

PUBLICATIONS

Scholarly Book

  1. Inside Reality TV: Producing Race, Gender, and Sexuality on “Big Brother.” New York: Routledge, 2018.

Refereed Journal Articles

  1. “Phags for Phelps’: Exploring the Queer Potential of the Westboro Baptist Church.” Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies 11 (2015): 1-19. <http://liminalities.net/11-1/phags.pdf>.
  2. “‘Are Those Germs in Your Pocket, or Am I Just Crazy to See You?’: An Autoethnographic Consideration of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.” Qualitative Inquiry 20 (2014): 966-975.
  3. “Autoarchaeology of Homosexuality: A Foucauldian Reading of the Psychiatric-Industrial Complex.” Text and Performance Quarterly 34 (2014): 230-250. Lead Article.
  4. “Who’s Afraid of the Author of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?Text and Performance Quarterly 34 (2014): 204-208.
  5. “‘You are not Allowed to Talk about Production’: Narratization on (and off) the Set of CBS’s Big Brother.” Critical Studies in Media Communication. (2013): 189-208. Most downloaded article of 2013 of all NCA journals. Critical Studies in Media Communication’s most downloaded article of 2013.
  6. “‘Homo-work’: Queering Academic Communication and Communicating Queer in Academia.” Text and Performance Quarterly 33 (2013): 58-76. Text and Performance Quarterly’s most downloaded article of 2013.
  7. “Implicative Performance: Staging the ‘Jena Six’ Controversy in the Midst of the Proposition 8 Debate.” Text and Performance Quarterly 31 (2011): 93-99.
  8. “Tales of a Fighting Bobcat: An ‘Auto-archaeology’ of Gay Identity Formation and Maintenance.” Text and Performance Quarterly 30 (2010): 122-142. Winner, Best Article of the Year (NCA’s Ethnography Division).
  9. “Re-membering Daddy: Autoethnographic Reflections of my Father and Alzheimer’s Disease.”  Text and Performance Quarterly 30 (2010): 3-20. Lead Article. Translated for NCA’s Communication Currents. Text and Performance Quarterly’s most downloaded article of 2010.
  10. “Charting the Yeast Radio Virus: Exploring the Potential of Critical Virology.”  Western Journal of Communication 4 (2010): 417-435.
  11. “Ragan Fox is a Gay Slam Poet: An Autobiographical Exploration of Performance Poetry’s Performative Implications.” Text and Performance Quarterly 30 (2010): 420-429.
  12. “From Heterophobia to Gayville.” Text and Performance Quarterly 30 (2010): 430-439.
  13. “Sober Drag Queens, Digital Forests, and Bloated ‘Lesbians’ (Oh, My!): Performing Gay Identities Online.”  Qualitative Inquiry 14 (2008): 1245-1263.
  14. “Skinny Bones #126-774-835-29: Thin Gay Bodies Signifying a Modern Plague.”  Text and Performance Quarterly 27 (2007): 3-19. Lead Article. Winner, Best Article of the Year (NCA’s Ethnography Division).
  15. “Gay Grows Up: An Interpretive Study of Aging Metaphors and Queer Identity.”  Journal of Homosexuality 52 (2007): 33-61.
  16. Negative: Using Performative Interventions to Explore HIV-Negativity.”  Theatre Topics 16 (2006): 47-64.
  17. “Raging Against Rage: Telling Tales of Taboo, Molestation, and Anger.”  Text and Performance Quarterly 26 (2006): 98-107.

Book Chapters

  1. “Queering Housewives.” The Fantasy of Reality: Critical Essays on “The Real Housewives.” Ed. Rachel E. Silverman. New York: Peter Lang. 2015. 13-26.
  2. “Narratizing Risk: HIV Performativity and the Communication of Desire.”  Communicating about HIV/AIDS: Taboo Topics and Difficult Conversations.  Eds. Margaret D’Silva, Joy Hart, and Kandi Walker.  Hampton Press. 2012. 7-22.

 

Poetry Collections

  1. Exile in Gayville.  Maple Shade, NJ, Lethe Press, 2009.
  2. Heterophobia.  Maple Shade, NJ: Lethe Press, 2005.

 

Poems Published in Anthologies

  1. “My Mother, The Love Guru.” Queer Praxis: Questions for LGBTQ Worldmaking. Eds. Dustin B. Goltz and Jason Zingsheim. New York: Peter Lang. 2015. 91-92.
  2. “Gray’s Anatomy.” Queer Praxis: Questions for LGBTQ Worldmaking. Eds. Dustin B. Goltz and Jason Zingsheim. New York: Peter Lang. 2015. 239-240.
  3. FrasF.” Queer Praxis: Questions for LGBTQ Worldmaking. Eds. Dustin B. Goltz and Jason Zingsheim. New York: Peter Lang. 2015. 261-262.
  4. “Headstone.”  A Bigger Boat: The Unlikely Success of the Albuquerque Poetry Slam Scene.  Eds. Susan McAlister, Don McIver, Mikaela Renz, and Daniel S. Solis.  University of New Mexico Press, 2008, 204-206.
  5. “Attack of the Ribbon Magnets.”  High Desert Voices: The 2005 National Poetry Slam Anthology.  Whitmore Lake, MI: The Wordsmith Press, 2006.  91-92.
  6. “Faggot: For Gay Boys Who Have Considered Rainbows When Suicide wasn’t Enough.”  Freedom to Speak.  Whitmore Lake, MI: The Wordsmith Press, 2003.  45-47.
  7. “If I Were a Woman.”  In Our Own Words, Volume 3.  Raleigh, NC: MWE Press, 2000.  51-52.

 

AWARDS & HONORS

Honors for Published Scholarship

  1. Lilla A. Heston Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Interpretation and Performance Studies. National Communication Association, 2012.
  2. Best Article of the Year. Ethnography Division, National Communication Association, 2011.
  3. Best Article of the Year. Ethnography Division, National Communication Association, 2008.
  4. 2006 Norman K. Denzin Qualitative Research Award given by NCA’s Ethnography Division and the Carl Couch Center.

Grants & Fellowships 

  1. Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities Grant. College of Liberal Arts, California State University, Long Beach. Spring, 2017.
  2. Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities Grant. College of Liberal Arts, California State University, Long Beach. Spring, 2016.
  3. Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities Grant. College of Liberal Arts, California State University, Long Beach. Fall, 2014.
  4. Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities Grant. College of Liberal Arts, California State University, Long Beach. Fall, 2013.
  5. Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities Grant. College of Liberal Arts, California State University, Long Beach. Fall, 2010.

Teaching Accolades 

  1. Most Inspirational Teacher. California State University, Long Beach. 2010.
  2. One of the Ten Best Teachers in Long Beach. Long Beach Post. Spring 2009.
  3. Senior Class Favorite Faculty Member. California State University, Long Beach, 2009.

 

INVITED TALKS

  1. “Basics of Autoethnography.” California State University, Northridge. Spring, 2016.
  2. “How to Write Compelling Autoethnography.” San Diego State University. Fall, 2015.
  3. “The Reality of Reality Television.” University of Texas at Austin. Fall, 2010.
  4. “Conducting Autoarchaeology.” Arizona State University. Spring, 2010.

 

CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION

Refereed Paper Presentations 

  1. “Archaeology of the Homosexual Pejorative.” National Communication Association. Nov. 2014. Top Three Paper, GLBTQ Communication Studies Division.
  2. “‘Phags for Phelps’: Exploring the Queer Potential of the Westboro Baptist Church.” Western States Communication Association’s Media Studies Division. Feb. 2014. Overall Top Competitive Paper, Media Studies Division.
  3. “‘I Had a Breakthrough, not a Breakdown’: Examining Tropes of Female Hysterization in The Real Housewives.” Western States Communication Association’s Organization for Research on Women and Communication Division. Feb. 2014. Top Four Paper, Organization for Research on Women and Communication Division.
  4. “Auto-archaeology of Homosexuality: A Foucaultian Reading of the Psychiatric-Industrial Complex.” Western States Communication Association’s Performance Studies Division. Feb. 2014. Top Four Paper, Performance Studies Division.
  5. “Are Those Germs in Your Pocket or Am I Just Crazy to See You?” Western States Communication Association’s Health Communication Division. Feb. 2014.
  6. “You are Not Allowed to Talk About Production: Narratization on (and off) the Set of CBS’s Big Brother.’” National Communication Association. Nov. 2011. Top Five Paper, Performance Studies Division.
  7. “Queer Pedagogy Matters: Queering Academic Communication and Communicating Queer in Academia.” National Communication Association. Nov. 2011.
  8. “Re-membering Daddy: Autoethnographic Reflections of my Father’s Battle with Alzheimer’s.” Western States Communication Association. Feb. 2009. Top Three Paper, Performance Studies Division.
  9. “Laughing at the Shirley Q. Liquor Minstrel Show: Exploring the Potentials and Limitations of Critical Virology.” Western States Communication Association. Feb. 2008.
  10. “Performing Gay Identities Online.” Western States Communication Association. Feb. 2007. Top Four Paper, Performance Studies Division.
  11. “The Dark Side of the Moon: Exploring HIV-Negativity.”  National Communication Association. Nov. 2005.  Top Five Paper, Performance Studies Division.
  12. Fox, Ragan.  “Breeding HIV: Rethinking Ideographs and Reanimating Heterosexuality.” National Communication Association. Nov. 2005.
  13. “Archaeology of the Closet: From Architecture and Film to Court Cases and the ‘Defense’ of Marriage.” Western Speech Communication Association. Feb. 2005. 
  14. “The Closet Problem: Rethinking Sexual Metaphor in the Queer Community.” Western Speech Communication Association. Feb. 2005. 
  15. “Harts Wrapped in Cellophane: Dis-Covering the Lesbian Potential of Chicago.” Western Speech Communication Association. Feb. 2005. 
  16. “Loving Children to Death: Performing <Mother> in Cases of Munchausen by Proxy.” Western Speech Communication Association. Feb. 2005. Top Student Paper, Organization for Research on Women and Communication Division.
  17. “Skinnybones #435-227-098: Thin Gay Bodies Signifying a Modern Plague.” National Communication Association. Nov. 2004. Top Five Debut Paper, Performance Studies.
  18. “Gay Grows Up: An Interpretive Study of Aging Metaphors and Queer Identity.” National Communication Association. Nov. 2004.  Top Four Paper & Top Student Paper, Ethnography Division.
  19. “For Gay Boys who have Considered Rainbows when Suicide wasn’t Enough: A Performative Exploration of Gay Teens, Desire, and Shame.” National Communication Association. Nov. 2004.
  20. “Breath Support.”  Western Speech Communication Association. Feb. 2004. Top Debut Paper, Performance Studies Division.
  21. “<Breeding> in the Bug Chasing <Brotherhood>: Rethinking <HIV> in the Queer Fantasia.”  Western Speech Communication Association. Feb. 2004.

Paper Presentations & Performances Selected as Part of a Refereed Panel Submission  

  1. “Sober Drag Queens, Digital Forests, and Bloated ‘Lesbians’ (Oh, My!): Performing Gay Identities Online.” National Communication Association. Nov. 2007.
  2. “Angels and Evolution.” National Communication Association. Nov. 2006.
  3. “Cyborg ‘Power Bottoms’ and Bloated Jewish Lesbians: Semi-fictive Personal Narrative Podcast Performances.” National Communication Association. Nov. 2006.
  4. “Losing (Detach)able Parts.” Western Speech Communication Association. Feb. 2006.
  5. “Angry Poets and Revolutions.” National Communication Association. Nov. 2005.
  6. “Directing the Solo Performer through Grief.” National Communication Association. Nov. 2005. 
  7. “Performing Masculinities.” National Communication Association. Nov. 2005. 
  8. “Cocoons in the Barrel of a Sawed-off Shotgun.” National Communication Association. Nov. 2004.
  9. “Evolution: Taboo, Performativity, and the (Re-)Claiming of Individual Agency Through Autobiographical Performance.” Arizona Communication Association. Oct. 2002.
  10. “Penises and Vaginas: Exploring Taboo.” University of Texas Graduate Gender Conference. Feb. 2000.

 

SELECTED PERFORMANCES

Television Appearances   

  1. Big Brother 13. CBS. Summer 2011.
  2. Big Brother 12. CBS. Summer 2010.

Radio Appearance  

  1. Harrison on the Edge. Air America. May 21, 2005.

Podcast

  1. Fox and the City. May 2005-present. Nominated for Best Mature Podcast, The People’s Choice Podcast Awards, 2007. Nominated for Best LGBTQ Podcast, The People’s Choice Podcast Awards, 2006, 2008, 2009. Winner of Best Comedy Podcast, The Phoenix New Times, 2006.

 Blog

  1. Ragan.Blog, May 2011-present. Quoted by The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, People Weekly, The Hollywood Reporter, and The Huffington Post, 2013.

Live Performances

  1. Featured Performer at the Midwest Bisexual, Lesbian, Gay, and Transgender Ally College Conference, Feb. 2008. University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana. (Contracted performance.)
  2. Letters from the State of Chihuahua. ASU New Works Festival; April 2005. (Co-author and performer.)
  3. Kid: A Gut-Wrenchingly Hilarious Look at Child Molestation.  Western States Communication Association. Feb. 2005.
  4. National Poetry Slam. Albuquerque, NM. August 2005. 3rd Place in Individual Finals.
  5. “OutSpoken.” University of Southern California. Oct. 7, 2004. (Featured performer.)
  6. “Soapbox.”  Empty Space Theater. Tempe, AZ. Fall 2004. (Feature-length solo performance.)
  7. “Kid: A Gut-Wrenchingly Hilarious Look at Child Molestation.” Empty Space Theater. Tempe, AZ.  Sept.–Oct. 2003. (Feature-length solo performance.
  8. Cal Poly State University, CommUnity Pride Week. San Luis Obispo, CA. May 22, 2003. (Contracted performance.)
  9. Nuyorican Poets Café.  Nuyorican Poets Café. New York, NY 2002. (Featured performer.)
  10. Bowery Poetry Club.  Bowery Poetry Club. New York, NY 2002. (Featured performer.)
  11. “Penises & Vaginas.”  Hyde Park Theater’s Frontera Fest Fringe Festival. Austin, TX, February 2001. (Abbreviated solo performance.) Awarded “Best of Fest.”
  12. “Ragan: No Ease.”  Hyde Park Theater’s Frontera Fest Fringe Festival. Austin, TX, February 2000. (Abbreviated solo performance.)  Awarded “Best of Week.”

 

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

California State University, Long Beach  

Undergraduate Courses

  1. Public Speaking (fall 2009, spring 2011, spring 2014, fall 20015)
  2. Introduction to Rhetorical Theory (fall 2006, spring 2007, fall 2007, spring 2008, fall 2008, spring 2009, fall 2009, spring 2010, fall 2010, spring 2011, winter 2013, spring 2013, summer 2013, fall 2013, winter 2014, fall 2014, winter 2015, spring 2015, summer 2015, fall 2015, winter 2016, spring 2016, summer 2016, winter 2017, spring 2017, summer 2017)
  3. Communication/Rhetorical Criticism (fall 2006, spring 2007, spring 2008, fall 2008, spring 2009, summer 2009, spring 2010)
  4. Interpretive Communication of Literature (fall 2011, fall 2012)
  5. Gender and Communication (winter 2007, summer 2007, winter 2008, summer 2008, winter 2009, fall 2009, fall 2010, spring 2011, fall 2012, spring 2013, fall 2013, fall 2014, fall 2015)

Graduate Seminars

  1. Solo Performance (fall 2007)
  2. Rhetorical Theory and Criticism (spring 2013, spring 2014, spring 2015, spring 2016)
  3. Ethnographic Research Methods (fall 2007)
  4. Queer Theory and Criticism (spring 2018)

Arizona State University

  1. Public Speaking (spring 2003)
  2. Introduction to Oral Interpretation (fall 2002, spring 2003, fall 2003, spring 2004, fall 2005, spring 2006)
  3. Gender and Communication (summer 2003, summer 2004, spring 2005)
  4. Performance and Identity (fall 2003, spring 2004, fall 2004)
  5. Communication Technology and Everyday Life (summer 2006)

 

SERVICE TO PROFESSION

Editorial Boards

  1. Text and Performance Quarterly, 2010-present.
  2. Western Journal of Communication, 2013-present.
  3. QED: A Journal of GLBTQ Worldmaking, 2013-present.

Ad-Hoc Reviews

  1. Western Journal of Communication (spring 2006, fall 2008 spring 2010,
  2. Text and Performance Quarterly (summer 2007, winter 2009)
  3. Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies (summer 2013)
  4. Women’s Studies in Communication (spring 2014)
  5. Journal of Homosexuality (spring 2010, summer 2013)
  6. The Popular Cultural Studies Journal (spring 2015)

Leadership in Professional Organizations

  1. Nominating Committee. Ethnography Division, National Communication Association, 2008.
  2. WSCA Distinguished Scholar Award Committee. Western States Communication Association, 2008-2009.
  3. Performance Studies Research Award Committee. Western States Communication Association, 2008-2009.
  4. Program Planner and Division Chair. Performance Studies Division, Western States Communication Association, 2008.
  5. Western Representative. Performance Studies Division, National Communication Association, 2007-2009.
  6. Delegate-at-Large to the Legislative Assembly. Western States Communication Association, 2007-2009.
  7. Chair-Elect. Performance Studies Division, Western States Communication Association, 2006-2007.
  8. Nominating Committee. Ethnography Division, National Communication Association, 2005.
  9. Secretary. Performance Studies Division, Western States Communication Association, 2005-2007.

 

SERVICE TO UNIVERSITY

Department

  1. Retention, Tenure, and Promotion Committee, Chair, fall 2017 – spring 2019.
  2. Personnel Committee, 2013 – 2015.
  3. Graduate Committee, 2011 – 2013.
  4. Curriculum Development, 2012-2013.
  5. Personnel Committee, spring of 2009 – present.
  6. Graduate Committee, spring of 2008 – spring of 2010.
  7. Department Webpage and Digital Communication Coordinator, fall of 2007 – spring 2009.
  8. Secretary at Faculty Meetings, fall 2006 – summer of 2007.

College & University 

  1. Member of University’s Faculty Hearing Panel,  fall of 2007 – Fall 2009.
  2. Chair of Subcommittee, College of Liberal Arts’ Research, Scholarly, and Creative Activities Committee, August 2015 – May 2017.
  3. Temporary Chair, College of Liberal Arts Grade Appeals Committee, fall 2015.
  4. College of Liberal Arts Faculty Council, 2014 – 2015.
  5. Member of University’s Faculty Hearing Panel.  Fall of 2007 – Fall 2009.

 

MEDIA COVERAGE

Scholarly Forums and Essays   

  1. Chavez, Karma R. “Poetic Polemics: A (Queer Feminist of Color) Reflection on a Gay Slam Poet.” Text and Performance Quarterly 30 (2010): 444-452.
  2. Dillard, Scott. “The Parabolic Voice of a Gay Slam Poet.” Text and Performance Quarterly 30 (2010): 440-443.
  3. Gingrich-Philbrook, Craig. “Removed, and Making Do.” Text and Performance Quarterly 30 (2010): 453-455.
  4. Nakayama, Thomas K., and Frederick C. Corey.  “Anger in Performance: A Conversation.”  Text and Performance Quarterly 26 (2006): 108-113.
  5. Somers-Willett, Susan B. A.  The Cultural Politics of Slam Poetry: Race, Identity, and the Performance of Popular Verse in America.  Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2009.
  6. Wheeler, Lesley.  Voicing American Poetry: Sound and Performance from the 1920s to the Present.  Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2008.

Popular Media

  1. Day, Patrick. K. “Big Brother Live Feeds Reveal Racist, Homophobic Comments.” Los Angeles Times 2 July 2013. <http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/showtracker/la-et-st-big-brother-racist-homophobic-comments-20130702,0,2051343.story?track=rss>.
  2. Gomez, Patrick. “Big Brother: Hate Speech in House Sparks Fervent Reaction.” People Magazine. 3 July 2013. <http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20714766,00.html>.
  3. Moaba, Alex. “Big Brother Racist and Homophobic Comments Captured on Live Feeds.” Huffington Post 1 July 2013. <http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/01/big-brother-racist_n_3529903.html>.
  4. Ng, Philiana. “Big Brother 15: CBS Addresses Houseguests Controversial Statements.” The Hollywood Reporter 2 July 2013. <http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/big-brother-15-cbs-addresses-578753>.
  5. Stelter, Brian. “Reality Show Contestants Pay a Real-World Price: On Big Brother, Racial and Gay Slurs Abound.” The New York Times 8 July 2013. <http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/09/business/media/on-big-brother-racial-and-gay-slurs-abound.html?smid=tw-share&_r=0>.
  6. Hetzel, Gene.  “Fox on Fire: Gay Performance Artist Dr. Ragan Fox Hitches His Slam Poetry to the Podcast Revolution.”  Bottom Line 8 December 2006.
  7. Holden, Wynter.  “Best Local Podcast: Fox and the City.”  Phoenix New Times November 2006.
  8. “Words for Words: Spoken Word Artists on Their Art Form, the National Poetry Slam, and One Another.”  The Austin Chronicle August 3, 2007.
  9. Dreier, T.  “Pod People: Gays Lead the Way in Online Media’s Next Big Thing.  Out Nov 2005: 34.
  10. Lady Bunny.  “Poddy Mouth.”  Genre Magazine 5 Sept. 2005: 104.
  11. Heil, Matthew.  “Grand Slam: Wordsmiths Bring Gay Experience to Slam Poetry.”  Echo 3 July 2003: 38.
  12. Shipside, Steve.  Podcasting: The Ultimate Starter Kit.  New York: Infinite Ideas Limited, 2005.

 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  1. National Communication Association, 2003 to present.
  2. Western States Communication Association, 2004 to present.