Conflict and Society Researchers

Dr Neil RamseyDr Neil Ramsey

Dr Neil Ramsey is a Senior Lecturer in English Literature at University of New South Wales Canberra. He works on the literary and culture responses to warfare during the eighteenth century and Romantic eras, focusing on the representations of personal experience and the development of a modern culture of war. His first book, The Military Memoir and Romantic Literary Culture, 1780-1835, was published by Ashgate in 2011. His most recent, a collection co-edited with Gillian Russell, Tracing War in British Enlightenment and Romantic Culture, was published by Palgrave in 2015. He is currently completing a monograph on military writing of the Romantic era, the research for which was funded by an Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship that he held from 2010-2013.

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Dr John ConnorJohn Connor

John Connor is a Senior Lecturer and leading military historian. His ground-breaking first book, The Australian Frontier Wars, 1788-1838 (2002) remains the key text in the field and was shortlisted for the UK Royal United Services Institute’s Westminster Medal for Military Literature. His main impact as a scholar has been to bring Australia’s ‘first wars’ to the notice of the Australian community through publications, media appearances and advising documentary makers such as Rachel Perkins. He has published extensively on the First World War. His latest book Someone Else’s War: Fighting for the British Empire in World War I was released this year. His current research on World War I examines the writing of the Australian official history and the effect of climate patterns on merchant shipping.

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Dr Richard DunleyDr Richard Dunley

Dr Richard Dunley is a Lecturer in History. His research focuses on British strategic and defence policy in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He has published a number of articles, and his book Britain and the Mine, 1900-1915: Culture, Strategy and International Law came out in 2018.

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Lewis FredericksonLewis Frederickson

Lewis Frederickson is an RAAF officer currently serving as the Chief of Air Force Fellow at UNSW ADFA. He has enjoyed 28-years of service as an Air Combat Officer, but more so in his roles as an educator and Qualified Aviation Instructor. Lewis has an undergraduate degree in History and Literature, and a master’s degree in History. He was fortunate enough to complete his doctoral thesis on an aspect of Australia’s involvement in the Great War at UNSW ADFA. Lewis is scheduled to qualify with a bachelor’s degree in Teaching in 2019. He deployed to East Timor in 1999, and to the Multi-National Force – Iraq (2007). He was the lead RAAF Officer in the Australian War Memorial (AWM) Historical Mission to the MER (twice in 2016).

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Dr Douglas GuilfoyleDr Douglas Guilfoyle

Dr Douglas Guilfoyle is Associate Professor of International and Security Law and a Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Visiting Legal Fellow (2019-2020). He publishes largely in the fields of law of the sea and maritime operations, international and transnational criminal law, and history of international law. His publications include Shipping Interdiction and the Law of the Sea (Cambridge University Press 2009) and numerous articles and chapters on maritime security, Somali piracy, naval warfare, and the South China Sea dispute.

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Dr Eleanor HancockEleanor Hancock

Eleanor Hancock is associate professor in the history program, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, UNSW Canberra. Her research focuses on Nazi Germany and she has three projects currently underway, all dealing with Germany in the Second World War. With Craig Stockings she is the author of Swastika over the Acropolis: Re-interpreting the Nazi invasion of Greece in World War II, Brill, Leiden, 2013

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David LeeDavid Lee

David Lee is Associate Professor in History in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of New South Wales, Canberra. His research interests are in Australian and international history and range across political and economic history and the history of Australian foreign, trade and strategic policy. He is currently collaborating with colleagues from the Australian National University on a biography of Sir John Crawford. His other research interests include a history of Australian independence (constitutionally, politically, economically and strategically), Australia’s relations with Japan and China and the history of Australian defence industries.

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Deborah MayersenDeborah Mayersen

Deborah Mayersen is a Lecturer in International and Political Studies at the University of New South Wales Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy. Deborah's research expertise is in the field of genocide studies, including the Armenian genocide, the Rwandan genocide and genocide prevention. Her publications include On the Path to Genocide: Armenia and Rwanda Reexamined (Berghahn Books, 2014), and the edited volumes A Cultural History of Genocide in the Modern World (Bloomsbury, in-press), The United Nations and Genocide (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) and Genocide and Mass Atrocities in Asia: Legacies and Prevention(with Annie Pohlman, Routledge, 2013).

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Tristan MossDr Tristan Moss

Dr Tristan Moss is a lecturer in history in the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. He completed his PhD at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University, 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. 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.

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Dr David StahelDr David Stahel

Dr David Stahel joined the University of New South Wales Canberra in 2012 having completed his PhD at the Humboldt University in Berlin. He researches mainly on social and operational aspects of the German Wehrmacht in the Second World War, especially the war against the Soviet Union. He has published five books with Cambridge University Press, including The Battle for Moscow, which was shortlisted for the British army’s military book of the year award (2016). His forthcoming book Retreat from Moscow (2019) is a comprehensive re-evaluation of the German winter campaign in 1941-1942.

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Visiting Fellows


Dr Frank CainDr Frank Cain

Dr Frank Cain is Honorary Visiting Senior Lecturer in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, UNSW Canberra.  Before being appointed Visiting Fellow he taught courses in the School on Twentieth Century Australian History, Politics and Culture and published books on Labour History, Security Intelligence and the Cold War.  In more recent years he has published on America in its Post-Cold War years dealing with America's trade embargoing of the Sino-Soviet bloc, in the  Routledge Series on the Cold War,  London, 2007, and America's Vietnam War and its French connection, Routledge, New York, 2017 both books drawing on material from the US National Archives in College Park, Maryland.   

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Michael MolkentinDr Michael Molkentin

Dr Michael Molkentin researches the history of armed conflict, especially where it concerns Australia and the other British settler societies. He is particularly interested in aviation and air power. Michael has a PhD in History from UNSW and is the author of four books. His latest, a biography of the aviator Sir Ross Smith, will be published by Allen and Unwin in 2019.

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Emily RobertsonDr Emily Robertson

Dr Emily Robertson explores the intersection between propaganda, ideology and war. She is particularly interested in how propaganda is an expression of culture and morality. Emily has published widely on Australian First World War propaganda, with her main focus on examining the relationship between liberal humanitarianism and atrocity propaganda. She is currently investigating how propaganda interacts with military strategy, and the role propaganda plays in recruiting, gathering resources and supporting morale.

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Brigadier Chris Roberts AM, CSC (Rtd)

Brigadier Chris Roberts AM, CSC (Rtd) is a former infantryman who saw operational service in South Vietnam with 3SAS Squadron. He later commanded the SAS Regiment, the Special Forces Group, and Northern Command. Chris is a graduate of RMC Duntroon, the University of Western Australia, the Army Staff College, the United States Armed Forces Staff College, and the Australian College of Defence and Strategic Studies.  He is the author of Chinese Strategy and Spratly Islands Dispute, The Landing at Anzac, 1915 and co-author of ANZACS on the Western Front: The Australian War Memorial Battlefield Guide.

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Professor Andre Wessels

Professor Andre Wessels of the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa, has been a Visiting Fellow in HASS since 2009. His broad research focus is twentieth-century South African military history, with special reference to the Anglo-Boer War of 1899 to 1902, and the history of the South African National Defence Force and its predecessors since 1912. This includes the Defence Force’s participation in the controversial ‘Border War’ which forms part of the broader War for Southern Africa of 1961 to 2002.

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PhD Students 


Ashleigh BrownAshleigh Brown

Ashleigh Brown is a PhD candidate in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at UNSW Canberra. Her current research focuses on the development of aviation leadership and command during the First World War (Britain and the Empire). Ashleigh previously completed a Master of Philosophy with UNSW Canberra focused on brigade commanders of the Australian Imperial Force on the Western Front, 1914-1918.

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Ross MackieRoss Mackie

Ross Mackie is a PhD candidate in history at the University of New South Wales, Canberra. His thesis topic is The Development of an Army in New Zealand, 1890–1914. His research interests include civil-military relations and the application of business management theories and metrics to conflict operations. Ross is a convenor of the Conflict + Society seminars at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and has spoken at a number of conferences in Australia and internationally.

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Sandeep SinghSandeep Singh

Sandeep Singh is currently a PhD candidate in English with an interdisciplinary focus at UNSW Canberra. He has Honours and Master’s degrees from the National University of Singapore in History. Sandeep works on the postcolonial Cold War period in the Asia Pacific. His previous research focused on the role of Australia in the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization, which he is currently publishing. Sandeep is currently researching the role of four writers in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Japan in the years 1945-1990, and the broader themes of postcolonialism, decolonization, regionalism and the global Cold War.

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Nicole TownsendNicole Townsend

Nicole Townsend is a PhD candidate in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at UNSW Canberra. Her thesis examines Australian involvement in the Mediterranean theatre during the Second World War, and seeks to challenge the prevailing presumption that the Mediterranean was a ‘sideshow’ theatre, particularly for Australia, for whom the Pacific War was apparently paramount. Her multi-faceted approach, which explores the diplomatic, political, military and economic significance of the Mediterranean theatre from an Australian perspective, seeks to bring together the Australian experience in this theatre, within a single study, and to include the experiences of all three services.

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Neil WestphalenNeil Westphalen

Neil Westphalen has written extensively on Navy medical history for the last 20-odd years. The intent of his PhD research project is to fill an important gap in the RAN’s historiography, regarding its health services from 1900 to 2000, on comparable terms to Michael Tyquin’s centenary history of the Australian Army Medical Corps, and Rowan Strong’s history of the RAN chaplaincy service from 1911 to the Vietnam War.






Kristen AlexanderKristen Alexander

Kristen Alexander is a PhD candidate in HASS. Focusing on the Australian airmen prisoners of Stalag Luft III and their families, she is researching the emotional responses to captivity as well as long-term emotional and psychological legacy. Her research encompasses air force culture, identity, memory, and remembrance. Specialising in Australian aviation history, she wrote five books for a largely popular readership before her candidature. Two of her works have been included on the RAAF Chief of Air Force’s reading lists. She is currently the editorial assistant at War & Society journal.

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James Morrison

James is a serving Army officer based in Canberra. He entered ADFA in 1999 and completed history honours in 2003, writing a thesis was on Australian Army mechanisation policy in the interwar period. James has completed a Masters of Arts (International Relations) from Deakin University in 2006, and another Master of Arts (Defence Studies) from Kings College London. The latter being attained while attending Command and Staff College in the UK in 20014-15. James is a PhD student at UNSW and his thesis is on the Australian Army militia during the Second World War.