Department of History

West Chester University

404 Wayne Hall
Phone: 610-436-2201
Fax: 610-436-3069


Robert Kodosky

Professor Robert Kodofsky

Associate Professor of History

Office Location: 419 Wayne Hall
Phone: 610-436-2288
Email: rkodosky@wcupa.edu

Teaching Interests:

US diplomatic; US military; Vietnam; war in popular culture; historiography; and social studies.

Current Research:

The historical conceptualization and execution of American grand strategy. Also, the ways by which war is represented in the American imagination.

Brief Biography:

Robert J. Kodosky taught secondary social studies in Philadelphia for twelve years before becoming an adjunct instructor in the Department of History at West Chester University of Pennsylvania in Spring 2002. He earned a B.S. in social studies education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (1989) prior to receiving an M.A. from Villanova University in world history (1994). He took his Ph.D. in American history from Temple University (2006) where he specialized in United States diplomatic and military history.  Dr. Kodosky is a member of the Board of Trustees for the American Helicopter Museum and Education Center in West Chester, PA.

On campus, Dr. Kodosky serves as faculty advisor to the Student Veterans Group (SVG) and Phi Alpha Theta. His scholarship includes Psychological Operations American Style (Lexington Books, 2007) and contributions to the Encyclopedia of Military Science, the American Intelligence Journal, the Routledge History of Social Protest in Popular Music, The Journal of Popular Culture, the Philadelphia Inquirer and Public History News. Dr. Kodosky has reviewed books for History: Reviews of New Books and H-War. He has commented about the Vietnam War and The War on Terror for C-Span, ABC News Radio, the Washington Post and the USA Today. He also coordinates Soldiers to Scholars, an oral history project for military veterans.