David Doyle

David Doyl portrait

Director, University Honors Program
Director, Dedman College Scholars Program
Adjunct Assistant Professor of History



Office: Clements Hall Room G01-B
Phone: 214-768-2813
Email: ddoyle[@]smu.edu


Educational Background 

Ph.D. City University of New York, 2004 
M.A. New York University, 1989 
B.A. Plymouth State College, 1986 

University Work and Service

Director of the University Honors Program, 2003-Present

The UHP is a program based in the general education, or university curriculum - allowing students of all majors to take 7 special honors seminars over the course of their four years at SMU. Currently the program has approximately 650 students - accepting an average of 150 first year students per year.

Serve as Chair of the UHP Advisory Council 

Direct and Coordinate the Richter Fellowship Program - independent fellowships given to University Honors Program students to conduct research in the junior or senior year 

Direct and Coordinate the Gartner Lecture Series - with 4 lectures per year designed to directly engage SMU students with figures from across academia, politics, and myriad cultural institutions 

Director of Dedman College Scholars Program, 2099-Present, a program offering scholarships, events and programming, and opportunities for independent research to college's most academically promising students 

Currently serving as Chair of a Committee Investigating Honors Programing and Department Distinction Programs in Dedman College (2011-2012 academic year). 

Selected Publications

  • “Nineteenth Century Male Love Stories and Sex Stories,” (chapter on nineteenth century male same sex relationships) in Leila J. Rupp & Susan K. Freeman, Editors, Understanding and Teaching: U.S. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2014
  • “Rediscovering Ogden Codman & His World” Presentation given at the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities, Lincoln, Massachusetts, 6 November 2010 
  • Review of John Gilbert McCurdy’s “Citizen Bachelors: Manhood and the Creation of the United States,” New England Quarterly, March 2010, Vol. 83, No. 1, pg. 160 
  • Review of William Wright’s “Harvard’s Secret Court: The Savage 1920 Purge of Campus Homosexuals,” The American Historical Association on Lesbian & Gay History Newsletter, Fall 2008 
  • “Understanding Male Friendship in Nineteenth Century America,” Presentation given at the American Historical Association Annual Conference, 9 January 2010, San Diego, California 
  • Review of Jay Hatheway’s “The Gilded Age Construction of Modern American Homophobia,”The American Historical Association on Lesbian & Gay History Newsletter, Fall 2005 
  • “A Very Proper Bostonian: Rediscovering Ogden Codman & His Late Nineteenth Century Queer World.” Journal of this History of Sexuality, October 2004, Vol. 13, No. 4, pg. 446 
  • “Rethinking Manhood and Intimacy,” Review of John Ibsen’s “Picturing Men: A Century of Male Relationships in Everyday American Photography.” Reviews in American History, December 2004, Vol. 32, No. 4, pg. 526 
  • Review of Howard Chudacoff’s “The Age of the Bachelor,” The Journal of the History of Sexuality, October 2002 
  • “Clyde Fitch, American Playwright,” in George E. Haggerty, Editor, The Encyclopedia of Homosexuality, Second Edition, Volume II, Garland Publishing, Inc., 2000, pg. 327 


A History of Sex in America—an interdisciplinary study of the role gender and sexuality have played in the United States—from the time of first contact between Native Americans and Europeans, up through our own time. 

At the Crossroads—Gender & Sexuality and the American Southwest—an interdisciplinary course that focuses on this distinctive region of the country—with a particular emphasis on how gender and sexuality have emerged in unique configurations over time. 

Both sections of the U.S. History surveys. 

The Greater Dallas Experience—an interdisciplinary study of the city of Dallas. Through readings and discussions on history, anthropology, and literature students learn not only the specifics of our city, but how to conceptualize and understand the city in general. 

Current Research

Currently I am at work on an interdisciplinary comparative class that examines past and present attitudes on gender and sexuality in different cultures across the globe. In addition, I am finishing my book manuscript examining male sexuality in late nineteenth century America.