Doyle, Robert C. 1946–

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Doyle, Robert C. 1946–

(Robert Charles Doyle)


Born January 20, 1946, in Philadelphia, PA; son of Edward J. and Arvella W. Doyle; married Beate T. Engel (a professor), August 23, 1986. Ethnicity: "Caucasian (Irish-German)." Education: Pennsylvania State University, B.A., 1967, M.A., 1976; Bowling Green State University, Ph.D., 1987.


Home—Steubenville, OH. E-mail— [email protected]


Substitute teacher at public schools in Philadelphia, PA, 1972; Checkered Flag Motor Car Co., Norfolk, VA, automobile sales representative, 1972; Pennsylvania State University, University Park, lecturer in American studies, 1974-77; Bob Doyle Talent Agency, State College, PA, owner, 1978-86; Pennsylvania State University, lecturer in American studies, 1987-94; Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Munster, Germany, Fulbright lecturer in American studies, 1994-95; Université Marc Bloch, Strasbourg, France, professor of American civilization, 1995-98. Université Robert Schuman, Strasbourg, instructor, 1996-97; visiting lecturer at Monash University, University of Melbourne, University of New South Wales, Warrnambool Institute, and Macquarie University, 1989. Professional musician and band leader, 1972-86; appeared in television documentary programs, including In Search of Fiddlers and Their Tunes, broadcast by WPSX-TV, 1981; Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, director of Fiddlers Competition, 1975-86. Joint Personnel Recovery Agency, Fort Belvoir, VA, consultant; Vietnam Veterans Memorial Moving Wall, member of regional committee; appeared in the television documentaries Secrets of War: American Prisoners of War and Escape from a Living Hell, both History Channel, 2000; guest on other radio and television programs. Military service: U.S. Naval Reserve, 1967-80, active duty in Vietnam, 1968, 1970-71.


American Studies Association, Society for Military History, German Association for the Study of the Western, American Federation of Musicians (member of local executive board, 1987-93), American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Pennsylvania State Alumni Association (life member), Mobile Riverine Association.


Grants from Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, 1974, and Central Pennsylvania Center for Cultural Heritage Conservation, 1991; Fulbright grants for Germany, 1994-95.


Voices from Captivity: Interpreting the American POW Narrative, University Press of Kansas (Lawrence, KS), 1994.

A Prisoner's Duty: Great Escapes in U.S. Military History, Naval Institute Press (Annapolis, MD), 1997.

Contributor to books, including introduction to Learning the Fiddler's Ways, by Matthew G. Guntharp, Pennsylvania State University Press (University Park, PA), 1980; Shaw and Other Matters, edited by Susan R. Rusinko, Susquehanna University Press (Selinsgrove, PA), 1998; and War and Literature, Volume 2, edited by Thomas Schneider, University of Osnabruck, 1999. Contributor of articles and reviews to periodicals, including Journal of American Culture, Folklore Historian, Perspectives on Film, Popular Music and Society, Bluegrass Unlimited, and Pickin'.