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I have lectured in Defence Studies, with specialisations in the history of warfare and war and society, since 2007. Prior to this, I was a public historian, including with the Australian War Memorial (2001) and Australia's Department of Veterans' Affairs (2001-06 and 2007); in addition, I was a senior researcher (defence and security) in Australia's Department of Parliamentary Services, providing research services for the Australian Parliament (2006-07).
I completed a BA(Hons) in History at Australia's University of New England and a PhD in Military History/War Studies at the University of New South Wales Canberra. I have since completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Museum Studies at Massey University, linking professional and personal interests in public history and cultural heritage.
I teach on the Manawatu (Palmerston North) campus as well as delivering courses that are linked to the Albany (Auckland) campus by video-linked teaching rooms, as well as delivering distance education courses. In addition, I teach a history of warfare course to the New Zealand Army Officer Cadet School.
After an extended period of professional focus on academic unit administration and teaching, I resumed research active status and have pursued projects in the areas of military history, air forces and air power, and war and society. In addition to research publications listed, forthcoming publications include:
- a journal article on use of the "Tommy gun" (Thompson submachine gun) in jungle warfare, 1942;
- a book chapter on public memory of the US Marine Corps (WW2) in New Zealand and Australia;
- a journal article on aircraft recognition in the Pacific War of World War II; and
- book chapters on casualty notification (to families, in Great Britain, Australia, and New Zealand) during world wars.
Recognition includes selection in 2010 for the competitive Summer Seminar in Military HIstory that was conducted by the Department of History, US Military Academy, West Point; and awarding of the Royal Australian Air Force Heritage Fellowship for 2018-20, for which I am researching a book on RAAF rotary wing (helicopter) operations during the Cold War.
I have contributed extensive university service, including as the Centre's Postgraduate Studies Coordinator (2008-13 and 2018-present), Doctoral Studies Coordinator (2012 and 2018-present), and Research Coordinator (2012); member of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CoHSS) Postgraduate Studies Committee (2009-12), Research Committee (2012), Examinations Committee (ad hoc, 2012-16), and College Board (2018-present); and member of the Massey University Pay and Equity Review Committee (2010-11) and Academic Board (2013-16). I have also been a panellist for the Australian Chief of Army's History Research Grants Scheme (2003-06 and 2017), a member of the editorial board of the Royal New Zealand Air Force Journal (from 2017), and a member (Massey representative) of the Palmerston North Defence Heritage Advisory Group (from 2019).
I am a Senior Lecturer in Defence Studies, teaching at postgraduate and undergraduate levels (including to the New Zealand Army Officer Cadet School), and supervising research students at postgraduate and doctoral levels. I am currently our Centre's Postgraduate Studies Coordinator. My research crosses into three areas: air forces and air power, war and society, and the Pacific War of World War II. Recent publications relate to maritime air power, wartime casualty administration, and philanthropic support of armed forces. For an open source sample of scholarship, see a chapter on wartime loss and bereavement in New Directions in War and History.
War and Society
21st Century Citizenship
Field of research codes
Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History) (210303): Biography (210304): Historical Studies (210300): Historical Studies not elsewhere classified (210399): History And Archaeology (210000):
Other Technology (109900):
Pacific History (excl. New Zealand and Maori) (210313):
Policy and Administration (160500): Studies In Human Society (160000):
War and Society