Irwin Weil was a member of the Brandeis University faculty from 1958 until 1965. He obtained both his bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of Chicago; he received his doctorate, in Russian Literature, from Harvard University. While at Brandeis, Weil was a professor of Russian literature and linguistics. He played a decisive role in bringing the study of Russian and Slavic linguistics and literature to the University. Weil's first major work, a dissertation on the development of the writing style of Maksim Gorky, was completed in 1958. His other works include "Notes on the Contemporary Soviet Literary Scene and Soviet Literary Activities."