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Senior lecturer, Griffith University

Dr Tristan Moss is a senior lecturer in the Griffith Asia Institute. He is a historian researching Australian space history and the history of the ADF with a focus on its culture and policy. His current research focuses on a history of Australian space activities, 1957 – 2020, and he is also working on a history of sex in the Australian military.

He is the author of Guarding the Periphery: The Australian Army in Papua New Guinea, 1951–75 (Cambridge University Press, 2017), and co-editor of Beyond Combat: Australian military activity away from the battlefields (NewSouth Books, 2018) and Fighting Australia’s Cold War: the Nexus of Strategy and Operations in a Multipolar Asia, 1945–1965 (Australian National University Press). Tristan has worked on the Official History of Australian operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and East Timor at the Australian War Memorial and on the Official History of peacekeeping.

Tristan is a Fulbright Senior Scholar, (Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Australian-U.S. Alliance Studies, sponsored by DFAT) and winner of a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award, titled 'Australia and Space: Government policy and public imagination, 1957 – 2021’ and a CI on a Discovery Project exploring a history of sex in the Australian Defence Force, 1914 - 2020.


  • 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