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Brian Abel Ragen, PhD

Emeritus Professor of English | Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Dr. Brian Abel Ragen, an emeritus professor of English at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, is recognized for his prowess in English education and the arts. Commencing his career as a lecturer at Princeton University in 1984, he served in numerous educational capacities at Bryn Mawr College, Hong Kong Baptist University and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville between 1986 and 2013. Outside of his vocational endeavors, Dr. Ragen is an author and music producer, having produced the album “Words to Music: Songs of Eugene Field featuring Christine Brewer and Scott Kennebeck” in 2018. Earlier, he wrote the book “A Wreck on the Road to Damascus” in 1989 and a paper titled “Tom Wolfe: A Critical Comparison” in 2002. Contributing his wealth of expertise to professional articles, he has written works on heraldry, hymnity and literary canon and was the editor of a scholarly paper on language and literature between 1992 and 2008. He also established scholarships and fellowships. To attest to his success, Dr. Ragen earned the Service Medal of the Order of St. John with three clasps recognizing 25 years of service in 2022. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Pomona College and a Master of Arts and a Doctor of Philosophy from Princeton University.

Marquis Legacy Video (2023)

Dr. Ragen was honored for his longstanding tenure in education with a video detailing his career journey.

Marquis Legacy Video (2020)

In light of his excellence in English education, Dr. Ragen was highlighted in a video documenting his life, career and civic activities.

Marquis Voice Over Video

Dr. Ragen’s vocational path was illuminated in a voice over video, courtesy of Marquis Who’s Who.

Millennium Magazine (2022)

Dr. Ragen graced his cover of the 12th edition of Millennium, A Marquis Who’s Who Magazine, and was distinguished with a two-page feature.

Millennium Magazine (2020)

Honoring his accomplishments, Dr. Ragen was featured on his cover of the sixth edition of Millennium, A Marquis Who’s Who Magazine.

Insight Magazine

Dr. Ragen was interviewed for the second edition of Insight Magazine in light of his prowess in the arts and education.

The Wall Street Journal (2021)

To commemorate his achievements, Dr. Ragen was featured in The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday, December 1, 2021.

The Wall Street Journal (2020)

Featured alongside his peers, Dr. Ragen was recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award and published in The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday, September 2, 2020.

Entrepreneur Magazine

Recognized as a Top Educator, Dr. Ragen was selected for inclusion in the St. Louis, Missouri, edition of Entrepreneur Magazine in June of 2022.

Fortune Magazine

Dr. Ragen was noted for his professional achievements with induction into the St. Louis, Missouri, edition of Fortune Magazine of February of 2022.

Forbes Magazine

As a testament to his success, Dr. Ragen was published in the October/November 2021 issue of Forbes Magazine.

Marquis Newsletter (Spring 2023)

In the spring of 2023, Dr. Ragen was honored with a newsletter in light of his exceptional undertakings in English education.

Marquis Newsletter (Fall 2022)

Dr. Ragen’s expertise in the arts, academia and authorship was the subject of a newsletter in the fall of 2022.

Marquis Newsletter (Winter 2021)

Marquis Who’s Who awarded Dr. Ragen with a newsletter detailing his career accomplishments in the winter of 2021.

Marquis Timeline

Dr. Ragen, his life and his career were highlighted by Marquis Who’s Who in a timeline of professional milestones.

Personal Website

Please visit Dr. Ragen’s personal website to discover more about his career, education and honors.



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