Tristan Moss

Lecturer in history

Dr Tristan Moss is a lecturer in history in the School of Humanities 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 was awarded a 2021 Discovery Early Career Researcher Award for the project 'Australia and Space: Government policy and public imagination, 1957 - 2021'. He is also a lead Chief Investigator on the Discovery Project 'A Century of Sex and the Australian Military, 1914 - 2020'. 

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), focusing on operations in Afghanistan.  

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). His forthcoming co-edited book with Professor Peter Dean is titled Fighting Australia’s Cold War: The nexus of strategy and operations in a multipolar Asia, 1945–1965. 

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

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.), Serving Our Country: Indigenous Australians, war, defence and citizenship, NewSouth, Sydney, pp. 135 - 154
Dean P; Moss T, 2018, 'War and Society in Australia, New Zealand and Oceania', in Ulbrich D; Muehlbauer M (ed.), The Routledge History of Global War and History, Routledge, pp. 32 - 44,
Moss T, 2018, 'Chalkies and civics: teaching the military in Papua New Guinea, 1966 – 1972', in Moss T; Richardson T (ed.), Beyond Combat: Australian military activity away from the battlefield, NewSouth Publishing, Sydney, pp. 60 - 71
Moss T; Richardson T, 2018, 'History and the military’s other tasks', in Moss T; Richardson T (ed.), Beyond Combat: the Australian military experience off the battlefield, UNSW Press, Sydney, pp. 1 - 9,
Moss T, 2017, 'Postwar Planner: Lieutenant General Sir Mervyn Brogan, 1915 – 1994', in Shadow Men: the forgotten legacies that shaped the Australian Army from the Veldt to Vietnam, NewSouth, Sydney, pp. 211 - 211
Moss TE; Fitzpatrick G, 2016, 'Crimes against Captured Airmen', in Australia's War Crimes Trials 1945-51, BRILL
Edited Books
Moss T; Richardson T, (ed.), 2018, Beyond Combat: the Australian military experience off the battlefields, UNSW Press, Sydney
Journal articles
Moss T, 2020, 'Brogan, Sir Mervyn Francis (1915–1994)', Australian Dictionary of Biography,
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,
Moss T, 2014, Defending Whose Country? Indigenous soldiers in the Pacific War, Informa UK Limited,
Moss T, 2018, 50 years ago: Australia and the Apollo 8 mission that sent a Christmas message from the Moon,
Organisational units
lensSchool of Humanities and Social Sciences
Sub Theme
lensAsia-Pacific Development & Security
lensConflict & Society