BA (Hons), MA, PhD



PhD, English Literature, Simon Fraser University, 2018.

MA, English Language and Literature, Queens University, 2012.

BA (Honours), English Literature, Simon Fraser University, 2011.


David Weston (PhD, Simon Fraser University, 2018) is an instructor at Capilano University, which is located on the territories of the Lil’wat, Musqueam, Sechelt (shíshálh), Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.

Weston graduated from Simon Fraser University with a PhD in English literature and has been a faculty member in the English department and the department of Women & Gender Studies at Capilano University since 2018. His expertise is in 17th and 18th century Literature and Drama, Theatre History, Performance Studies and Queer Theory. He is also a Simon Fraser University (SFU) English Visiting Research Fellow, a member of the Institute for Performance Studies, and the President of Beach House Theatre, a non-profit theatre company in Surrey, B.C.

Weston is currently the co-editor of the Broadview Anthology of Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Drama (forthcoming 2022).

Theatre and performance studies have inspired my pedagogy, as I have found students responsive to the situating of literature and drama in theoretical and historical contexts. I have organized seminars in writing-intensive courses, medieval literature, early modern literature, 18th century literature, performance studies and 20th century drama.

Here at Capilano University, I have enjoyed teaching:

  • English 100: University Writing Strategies (course theme: Gender in Popular Culture)
  • English 109: Literature and Contemporary Culture (course theme: Love & Friendship)
  • English 200: Literature in English from Beowulf to Paradise Lost (course theme: Queering the Literary Canon)
  • WGS 111: Introduction to Gender Studies.


Co-editor, The Broadview Anthology of Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Drama. (forthcoming 2022).

Conference Presentations

2019: Teaching Through Performance, Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Quebec City, QC.

2016: Queerly Conservative: Male Love, Politics, and Patriarchy in Thomas Otways Venice Preservd (1682), Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Kingston, ON.

2014: Conducting Communities: Public Readings and Theatrical Productions of Dickenss A Christmas Carol, Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada Banff, AB, October 25.