Davis Joyce was born in Greenwood, Arkansas, June 19th, 1940. He attended colleges in New Mexico before becoming an "Okie" for good. He received his PhD from the University of Oklahoma and began his teaching career at the University of Tulsa, where he taught from 1966 to 1983. Dr. Joyce holds the position of Professor Emeritus of History at East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma, where he taught 1987-2002. His career also included part-time teaching at Rogers State University in Claremore, Oklahoma. He was Visiting Professor of American Studies, University of Keele, England, 1981, and Soros Professor of American Studies, University of Debrecen, Hungary, 1994-1996. Dr. Joyce is the author, co-author or editor of twelve history books, including An Oklahoma I Had Never Seen Before, Alternative Oklahoma, Howard Zinn: A Radical American Vision, and Recollections of a Hitherto Truthful Man: Personal/Historical Essays. He has retired, with his wife, Carole to Lake Spavinaw, located northeast of Tulsa, Oklahoma.
B.S., Eastern New Mexico University, 1961; M.A., New Mexico State University, 1963; PhD., University of Oklahoma, 1968.
McCasland Award for Excellence in Teaching Oklahoma History, Oklahoma Heritage Association, 1997. Teaching Excellence Award, East Central University, Ada, 1992 and 2002. Distinguished Former Faculty Award, East Central University, Ada, 2010.
Lived, worked and taught in Oklahoma.
Edward Channing and the Great Work. The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff, 1974.
History and Historians: Some Essays. Washington, DC: University Press of America, 1983.
The Writing of American History. Revised ed. With Michael Kraus. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1985.
A History of the United States. By Edward Channing. Edited and abridged by Davis D. Joyce. Lanham, Md.: University Press of America, 1993.
An Oklahoma I Had Never Seen Before: Alternative Views of Oklahoma History. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1994.
United States History: A Brief Introduction for Hungarian Students. With Tibor Glant. Debrecen, Hungary: Kossuth, 1996. East Central University--The Wagner Years, 1969-1989. With Palmer H. Boeger. Ada, OK: East Central University, 1999.
Howard Zinn: A Radical American Vision. Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 2003.
Alternative Oklahoma: Contrarian Views of the Sooner State. Edited by Davis D. Joyce. Foreword by Fred R. Harris. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2007.
“Love is the Spirit of this Church:” A History of All Souls Unitarian Church of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Tulsa, Oklahoma: Jenkin Lloyd Jones Press, 2012.
Recollections of a Hitherto Truthful Man: Personal/Historical Essays. Norman, Oklahoma: Mongrel Empire Press, 2013.
Howard Zinn's Legacies. Madison, Wisconsin: The Progressive, 2014.
Influenced by Howard Zinn’s “people’s history” approach, I like to take “alternative views” of Oklahoma history–new topics, like reproductive choice and gay rights, or old topics in a new way, like “the difficulty of celebrating an invasion” about the land run. Over the years, I developed a special interest in women, minorities, radicals, common people–the kinds of groups/topics frequently left out of mainstream textbooks in both US history and Oklahoma history. My collections of what I like to call “alternative views” of Oklahoma history–“AN OKLAHOMA I HAD NEVER SEEN BEFORE” and ALTERNATIVE OKLAHOMA–I hope together make a significant contribution to Oklahoma history; I hope my RECOLLECTIONS OF A HITHERTO TRUTHFUL MAN:
PERSONAL/HISTORICAL ESSAYS, looking back over my overwhelmingly Oklahoma career, does so as well.