Competition: US & Canada
Education: Cornell University
Douglas Mao received a B.A. in biology from Harvard in 1987 and a Ph.D. in English from Yale in 1993. A specialist in British, Irish, and U.S. fiction and poetry from the late nineteenth century forward, he taught at Princeton, Harvard, and Cornell before joining the faculty of the Johns Hopkins English Department, which he now chairs, in 2007. His first scholarly monograph, Solid Objects: Modernism and the Test of Production, was published by Princeton University Press in 1998; his second, Fateful Beauty: Aesthetic Environments, Juvenile Development, and Literature 1860-1960, was supported by his Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship and published by Princeton in 2008. Professor Mao is also the co-editor, with Rebecca Walkowitz, of Bad Modernisms (Duke, 2006) and the editor of the Longman Cultural Edition of E. M. Forster’s Howards End (2009). In 2003-04, he was President of the Modernist Studies Association; he currently serves on the faculty editorial board of the Johns Hopkins University Press and on the editorial board of the journal Textual Practice.