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 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

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, https://www.booktopia.com.au/beyond-combat-tristan-moss/prod9781742235905.html

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

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

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, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315725192

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, 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