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Dr. Phillip Coombe
Assistant Professor of History and American Studies

Why I Teach:

“I relish the opportunity to show our students the present study of history can be applied to the events and problems of the present day.”

Contact Information

Parker Library 211
(302) 736-2376


Ph.D., New York University
M.Phil, New York University
M.A., Fairleigh Dickinson College
B.A., Westminster College PA

Professional Activities

I combined my years of life experience in other fields with my study and teaching of history. Two Jessie Ball Dupont seminars broadened my understanding in several allied fields and the knowledge gained was enthusiastically used in several courses. Membership and participation in several historical societies (The Early Republic, Western Front Association, Great War Society, American Historical Association etc.) continue to be the subjects of my research and reading.

I am the liaison between adjuncts in the department and their assignments in New Castle and the Air Base.

Currently I am the liaison with the George Washington Society and curator of the GWS Library at Wesley. This year I have been asked to participate in the writing of a strategic plan for The Steamship Historical Society of America and identified as a “select individual, knowledgeable in maritime matters.”

Courses Taught

HI109 World Civilizations I
HI110 World Civilizations II
HI103 United States History I
HI104 United States History II
HI262/AM362/HI362 Cold War
HI255V/HI355V World War I
HI255L/HI355L Korean War
AM255A/AM355A George Washington, Myth and Reality
HU220 Humanities Heritage I
HU221 Humanities Heritage II
HU230 Contemporary American Culture