Carol Mavor is Visiting Professor of Art at the Royal College of Art (London) and Professor of Art History and Visual Studies at the University of Manchester (UK). 

Professor  Mavor is the author of five books, the first four published by Duke University Press: Reading Boyishly: Roland Barthes, J. M. Barrie, Jacques Henri Lartigue, Marcel Proust, and D. W. Winnicott (2007), Becoming: The Photographs of Clementina, Viscountess, Hawarden (1999) Pleasures Taken: Performances of Sexuality and Loss in Victorian Photographs (1995) and Black and Blue: The Bruising Passion of Camera Lucida, La Jetée, Sans soleil and Hiroshima mon amour (2012).  Mavor’s Blue Mythologies: A Study of the Colour was published by Reaktion Books in  2013.  Her current book project on fairy tales, entitled Aurelia: Art and Literature Through the Mouth of the Fairy Tale, is forthcoming from Reaktion Books.

Mavor's essays have appeared in Cabinet Magazine, Art History, Photography and Culture, Photographies, as well as edited volumes.

Mavor’s writing has been widely reviewed in publications in the U.S. and the U.K., including Publishers’s Weekly, Times Literary Supplement (TLS), Times Higher Eduction, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, and The Village Voice. She has lectured broadly in the US and the UK, including The Photographers’ Gallery (London), University of Cambridge, Duke University, the Royal College of Art and the Guggenheim Museum. For 2010-2011, Mavor was named the Northrop Frye Chair in Literary Theory at University of Toronto.  Currently, Mavor is hard at work on fairy tales, a novel entitled  Like a Lake and a film with Megan Powell entitled FULL.