He has a PhD in linguistics from the University of Chicago.- The majority of his scholarly and media work over the past decade deals with Shakespeare, especially the Authorship controversy.- He is an ultraconservative orthodox Shakespearean / Stratfordian who believes that doubt about the authorship is not justified and that an authorship question does not exist in reality.. -
In Volume 2 of the Handbook "A Cambridge Guide to the Worlds of Shakespeare" Kathman with his "longstanding expertise as a denier" of a Shakespeare authorship problem obviously was commisioned to write the chapter 110 "The Authorship Controversy".-
His chapter argues against Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford and neither discuss nor mention even once the authorship candidate Christopher Marlowe, even though recent monographies (e.g. S.Blumenfeldt, D.Pinksen, B.Conrad a.o.) and media contributions on the Marlowe issue are worth discussing.
Kathmans attitude reminds on the 9/11 Commission Report (2004 Chief Editor Philip D. Zelikow) which analyzed the cause of the rapid symmetric fall of the twin towers hit by 2 planes but didnt even mention the symmetrical vertical free fall of a third skyscraper(WTC-7) with no plane hitting the building. An inexcusable trend-setting inner attitude...
David Kathman belongs to the so-called "industry in denial".- Compare his preconceived opinion (expressed in the last sentence of his chapter, below) with the significant "Rebuttals to the Industrie “