Dr Tristan Moss

Lecturer in history
School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Dr Tristan Moss is a lecturer in history in the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. He is also a Fulbright Senior Scholar, having been awarded a Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Australian-U.S. Alliance Studies (sponsored by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade).

Dr Moss completed his PhD at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University in 2015, for which he was awarded the C E W Bean Prize for Military History. His first book, Guarding the Periphery: the Australian Army in Papua New Guinea, 1951–75, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2017. He was previously a teaching fellow at the Australian Command and Staff College, and worked on the Serving Our Country project, investigating Indigenous service in the Australian Defence Force, and two Official Histories: Peacekeeping, Humanitarian and Post–Cold War Operations (ANU), and Australian Operations in East Timor, Afghanistan and Iraq (Australian War Memorial).  

Dr Moss has contributed to a number of edited volumes and co-edited two: New Directions in War and History (Big Sky, 2016) and Beyond Combat: Australian Military Activity Away From the Battlefield (NewSouth, 2018).

Dr Moss is a Deputy Regional Coordinator (Asia) for the Society of Military History. 

His research focuses on Australian military history, particularly post-45, and he is currently working on a project on the history of Australian space policy. 


Moss TE, 2017, Guarding the Periphery: The Australian Army in Papua New Guinea, Australian Army History Series, CUP, Cambridge, U.K.

Book Chapters

Moss T; Hearder R, 2019, 'Australian Peacekeepers and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder', in Bou J; Breen B; Horner D; Pratten G (ed.), The Limits of Peacekeeping: Australian peacekeeping in internal conflicts, 1993 – 2005, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 578 - 606

Beaumont J; Moss T, 2018, 'Australian military forces in the Second World War', in Beaumont J; Cadzow A (ed.), , NewSouth, Sydney, pp. 135 - 154

Moss T, 2018, 'Chalkies and civics: teaching the military in Papua New Guinea, 1966 – 1972', in Moss T; Richardson T (ed.), , NewSouth Publishing, Sydney, pp. 60 - 71

Dean P; Moss T, 2018, 'War and Society in Australia, New Zealand and Oceania', in Ulbrich D; Muehlbauer M (ed.), , Routledge, pp. 32 - 44, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315725192

Moss T; Richardson T, 2018, 'History and the military’s other tasks', in Moss T; Richardson T (ed.), , UNSW Press, Sydney, pp. 1 - 9

Moss T, 2017, 'Postwar Planner: Lieutenant General Sir Mervyn Brogan, 1915 – 1994', in , NewSouth, Sydney, pp. 211 - 211

Moss TE; Fitzpatrick G, 2016, 'Crimes against Captured Airmen', in Australia's War Crimes Trials 1945-51, BRILL

Journal articles

Moss T, 2020, 'Brogan, Sir Mervyn Francis (1915–1994)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/brogan-sir-mervyn-francis-28329

Moss T, 2018, '‘Talking Itself Out of a Political Future’: Education and Australian Army Engagement with Papua New Guinean Independence, 1966–72', The Journal of Pacific History, pp. 1 - 17, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00223344.2018.1548268


Moss T, 2018, 50 years ago: Australia and the Apollo 8 mission that sent a Christmas message from the Moon, https://theconversation.com/50-years-ago-australia-and-the-apollo-8-mission-that-sent-a-christmas-message-from-the-moon-104391


Moss T, 2014, Defending Whose Country? Indigenous soldiers in the Pacific War, Informa UK Limited, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00223344.2014.950850