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Lecturer, UNSW

Dr Tristan Moss is a Lecturer in History at UNSW and a Fulbright Scholar.

He was awarded a 2021 Discovery Early Career Researcher Award by the Australian Research Council to study Australia's space history, 1957 - 2020.

He completed his PhD in 2015 at the Australian National University, and published his first book Guarding the Periphery: the Australian Army in Papua New Guinea, 1951 – 75 in 2017 with Cambridge University Press. He has previously worked on the Official Histories of Australian Operations in Afghanistan at the Australian War Memorial. His research explores the early Cold War, and the intersection between Australia’s own defence and strategic outlook and its relationship with the United States and the United Kingdom.


  • 2019–present
    Lecturer, University of New South Wales, Canberra
  • 2016–2018
    Researcher, Australian War Memorial


  • 2015 
    The Australian National University, PhD
  • 2008 
    The University of Melbourne, BA(Hons)


  • 2020
    ‘There Are Many Other Things More Important to Us Than Space Research’: The Australian Government and the Dawn of the Space Age, 1956–62, Australian Historical Studies
  • 2018
    "‘Talking Itself Out of a Political Future’: Education and Australian Army Engagement with Papua New Guinean Independence, 1966–72", Journal of Pacific History
  • 2018
    Beyond Combat: the Australian military away from the battlefield, UNSW Press
  • 2017
    Guarding the Periphery: the Australian Army in Papua New Guinea, 1951 - 1975, Cambridge University Press

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Historical Association
  • Society for Military History