Lecturer, UNSW

Dr Tristan Moss will be taking up a position as a Lecturer in History at UNSW, Canberra in early 2019. 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. His latest project looks at the development of early Australian space policy.


  • 2016–present
    Associate lecturer, University of New South Wales, Canberra
  • 2018–present
    Honorary Visiting Fellow, Australian Catholic University
  • 2016–2018
    Researcher, Australian War Memorial


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


  • 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