David Weiss

Dr. David S. Weiss

Part-time Faculty, English

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Biography

Dr. David S. Weiss earned a Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Birmingham in the UK and the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-Upon-Avon after retiring as the CFO of Beazer Homes USA, Inc., a Fortune 1000 company. His doctoral dissertation reassesses the relationship between the works of William Shakespeare and Samuel Daniel, one of the leading courtly poets of Shakespeare’s day. Dr. Weiss’s article, “Did Shakespeare Use a Manuscript of Samuel Daniel’s Civil Wars to Write Richard II?” will be appearing in an upcoming issue of Huntington Library Quarterly.

Dr. Weiss holds an MBA from the Wharton School and undergraduate degrees in accounting and English from the University of Pennsylvania. He seeks to share his unique combination of literary expertise and business experience with young people to demonstrate that the analytical and communication skills developed through the study of English literature are critical to their professional success regardless of the careers they choose.

Dr. Weiss is from New York originally but has lived in Atlanta for the past 25 years with his wife and two children. He has served on the boards of the Atlanta Shakespeare Company (including two terms as Board Chair), Zoo Atlanta and the Alfred and Adele Davis Academy. He is interested in literature, theater, music, business/finance, kayaking and everything Shakespearean.

Education

  • Doctorate – English literature – University of Birmingham (UK) and Shakespeare Institute
  • Master's – finance – Wharton School 
  • Bachelor's – English – University of Pennsylvania
  • Bachelor's – accounting – University of Pennsylvania

Academic Interests

  • English literature
  • Shakespeare
  • Early modern poetry

Professional Affiliations

  • Shakespeare Association of America
  • Atlanta Shakespeare Company