Dr Thomas Richardson

Lecturer in History
School of Humanities and Social Sciences

I graduated from Monash University with a BA (Hons) in 2009 and completed my doctorate, 'As if we'd never really been there? Pacification in Phuoc Tuy Province, Republic of Vietnam, 1966-1972', at UNSW Canberra in 2014. Between then and assuming my current position in July 2018 I worked as a tutor and lecturer at UNSW Canberra (2015-1016), as a researcher on the Official History of Australian Peacekeeping (2015), and as a researcher on the Official History of Australian Operations in East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan (2016-2018). My first book, Destroy and Build: Pacification in Phuoc Tuy, 1966-1972 was published by Cambridge in 2017. I have contributed to a number of edited volumes and edited two with Tristan Moss: New Directions in War and History (Big Sky, 2016) and Beyond Combat: Australian Military Activity Away From the Battlefield (NewSouth, 2018). My broad research interests are Australian military history and counterinsurgency and the confluence of the two, particularly in South-East Asia after 1945. My current project is an operational history of Australia in the Second Anglo-Boer War.


Richardson T, 2017, Destroy and Build Pacification in Phuoc Thuy, 1966–1972, Cambridge University Press

Connor J; Stockings C, (ed.), 2017, The Shadow Men: The leaders who shaped the Australian Army from the Veldt to Vietnam, 1st, NewSouth Publishing, Sydney

Book Chapters

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