Victor H. Mair received his PhD from Harvard University in 1976. He also holds an MPhil degree from the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London).
Professor Mair specializes on Buddhist popular literature as well as the vernacular tradition of Chinese fiction and the performing arts.
Professor Mair is the founder and editor of Sino-Platonic Papers and General Editor of the ABC Chinese Dictionary Series at the University of Hawaii Press. He has been a fellow or visiting professor at the University of Hong Kong (2002-2003), the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton, 1998-1999), the Institute for Research in Humanities (Kyoto University, 1995), Duke University (1993-1994), and the National Humanities Center (Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, 1991-1992).