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Rachel Fox

Ph.D. Student

Rachel Fox
  • 9500 Gilman Dr
    Media and Communication Center
    Mail Code: #0503
    La Jolla , California 92093


Fat Studies, Disability Studies, STS, Narrative Medicine/Health Humanities, Feminist Studies, Online Communities


My research explores the relationship between health, medicine, and marginalized bodies. I’m interested in how the concept of “health” becomes moralized and used against people who don’t fit into its definition, especially fat and/or disabled people. What are the consequences of being left out of what’s considered “healthy?” How is this exclusion perpetuated in medical education? How can we fix it? One of my career goals is to work in a medical school so I can address these issues firsthand, as well as teach medical students about the history and ramifications of their curriculum.

Prior to UCSD, I taught as a Part-Time Lecturer at Rutgers University in the Women’s and Gender Studies Department and at Sarah Lawrence College in the Master’s of Health Advocacy Program.

Ph.D. Student in Communication and Science Studies, University of California, San Diego, 2016 – Present

M.S. in Narrative Medicine, Columbia University, 2015

B.A. in Biology, Wesleyan University, 2014


Fox, Rachel. "Against progress: Understanding and resisting the temporality of transformational weight loss narratives." Fat Studies (2017): 1-11.

Fox, Rachel. "Too Fat to Be a Scientist? The Chronicle of Higher Education. 17 June 2014. The Conversation.

Book Reviews

Fox, Rachel. "Why Diets Make Us Fat." (2017): 1-3.

Presentations & Appearances


Fox, R & Hartman-Rogers, J. “Emotional Labor and the Affective Performance of Objectivity in Fat Studies,” UC San Diego Science Studies Program Biennial Graduate Conference, May 19-20, 2017, San Diego, CA.

Fox, R. “A Hybrid Actor-Network Theory Analysis of the Let’s Move! Campaign,” PCA/ACA 2017 Annual Conference, April 12-14, 2017, San Diego, CA.

Panel Chair: PCA Fat Ambivalence and Liminality

Park, K & Fox, R. “Weight Stigma Reduction among Medical Students through Narrative Medicine,” Best of Cool Ideas Oral Presentation at the Innovations in Medical Education Conference, February 25, 2017, Los Angeles, CA.


Film Appearance: The Sixty-Six Percent, dir. Natalie Abruzzo, March 11, 2016.


Fox, R & Edmondson-Gupta, N. “Fat & Disabled: The Embodied Experience,” ASDAH 2015 Annual Conference, July 17-19, 2015, Boston, MA.

Fox, R. “Fat Temporality and the Fantasy of Being Thin,” IHH 2015 Annual Conference, April 30-May 2, 2015, Denver, CO.

Fox, R. “Fat Temporality and the Fantasy of Being Thin,” PCA/ACA 2015 Annual Conference, April 5-7, 2015, New Orleans, LA.



UCSD Kroner Family Dean’s Fellowship

Co-Recipient, Columbia University Narrative Medicine Fellowship

Co-Recipient, Keck School of Medicine Althea and Fredric Alexander Student Support Fund

UCSD Department of Communication First Year Doctoral Fellowship


Wesleyan University Sonnenblick Fellowship, Grabel Lab

Olin College Summer REU, Pratt Lab

Olin College Full Tuition Scholarship