Douglas Mao received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1993 and taught in the English departments at Princeton, Harvard, and Cornell before coming to Johns Hopkins in 2007.
A specialist in modernist fiction and poetry, he is the author of Solid Objects: Modernism and the Test of Production (Princeton, 1998) and Fateful Beauty: Aesthetic Environments, Juvenile Development, and Literature 1860-1960 (Princeton, 2008). He 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).
Professor Mao has been president of the Modernist Studies Association and held a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. He currently serves as Series Editor of Hopkins Studies in Modernism (from the Johns Hopkins University Press), as Senior Editor of ELH, and as a member of the editorial boards of Textual Practice, Modernism/modernity, English: the Journal of the English Association, and The Journal of Wyndham Lewis Studies.
His courses have treated a wide range of topics in late 19th- and early 20th-century literature, from gender in modern writing to the aftermath of literary naturalism, from narratives of utopia to social organization in poetic texts.