Brian Ragen

Brian Abel Ragen, PhD

Emeritus Professor of English | Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Dr. Brian Abel Ragen is an emeritus professor of English at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, where he taught American literature, the Bible, and the Great Books curriculum. He joined the faculty in 1988, rising to full professor in 2000, and was granted emeritus status in 2013. Before this role, Dr. Ragen lectured at Bryn Mawr College and Princeton University, where he taught while completing his Doctor of Philosophy in the early 1980s. He has published books on Flannery O’Connor and Tom Wolfe, articles on literature, hymnody, liturgy, and heraldry, and served as editor of Papers on Language and Literature from 1992 to 2008, a position he considered a career highlight. His love for learning was inspired by his aunt and guardian, a history professor at San Diego State University, and he relished inspiring the same curiosity in students in survey courses, many of whom were encountering the literary canon for the first time. Recently, Dr. Ragen was presented with a service medal with three bars representing 25 years of service to the Order of St. John by the Duke of Gloucester and a campaign medal from the Order of Malta with a COVID-19 Clasp for his mobile service during the height of the health crisis.

Marquis Newsletter

Dr. Ragen provides updates on his work in the Fall 2022 Marquis Education Newsletter.

Entrepreneur Magazine

Dr. Ragen appeared in a full-page Entrepreneur Magazine feature as a Marquis Who’s Who Top Educator.

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Fortune Magazine

Dr. Ragen was featured in Fortune Magazine as a Marquis Who’s Who Top Educator.

Brian Ragen

Marquis Who's Who

A national press release announces Dr. Ragen’s inclusion in Marquis Who’s Who.

Marquis Homepage

Dr. Ragen’s personal Marquis homepage highlights his professional biography and career accomplishments.

Best Of

Dr. Ragen’s accomplishments have landed him among the Best Of English literature educators.

Industry Leaders

Dr. Ragen’s long history of professional distinction earned him the honor of being a Marquis Industry Leader.

Dr. Ragen’s newsletter highlights his most recent achievements as of Winter 2021.

Marquis Milestones Timeline

Dr. Ragen’s career journey and biggest accomplishments are featured on his Marquis Milestones timeline.

Marquis Millennium Magazine

Dr. Ragen was profiled in the sixth edition of Marquis Millennium Magazine.

American Way Magazine

In 2020, Dr. Ragen was among the Distinguished Leaders recognized in American Way Magazine. 

Wall Street Journal

In honor of his Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, Dr. Ragen was celebrated in the Wall Street Journal. 

Hemispheres Magazine

Dr. Ragen appeared among a select group of Who’s Who of Distinguished Leaders nominees in Hemispheres Magazine.



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