I am a historian and defence specialist based in Brisbane, Australia, with a focus on air power and the history of air warfare. I am the editor of From Balloons to Drones, which is an online platform that provides analysis and debate about air power history, theory, and contemporary operations. Between 2013 and 2017, I was the resident Historian at the Royal Air Force (RAF) Museum in the United Kingdom, and I am a graduate of the University of Birmingham (MPhil and PhD) and the University of Wolverhampton (BA (Hons) and PGCE). As well as air power, my research interests include the history of war in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and the social and cultural history of armed forces. I also have an interest in public history and the use of interdisciplinary methodologies to the study of the past.
To date, I have published several chapters and articles, edited two books, and delivered papers on three continents. My writing has focused on the interrelated themes of leadership and command, military culture, military transformation, and the history of professional military education. I am currently working on a monograph that will examine the social and cultural history of the RAF’s officer class between 1918 and 1939 as well an edited volume on the culture of air forces. Additionally, I am now working on several projects that focus on two key areas. First, I am researching the culture, ethos, and ethics of air forces with specific reference to the RAF and the Royal Australian Air Force. Second, I am writing on the history of command and staff training in the RAF.
I am an active member of the academic community, and in 2016, I was elected as a member of the Royal Historical Society, and I am a member of Society for Military History. Also, in 2011 I was a West Point Fellow at the United States Military Academy as part of their Summer Seminar in Military History programme. I am an Assistant Director of the Second World War Research Group (SWWRG), which is an international organisation that brings together scholars researching the broad period of the Second World War. I am also a Director of the SWWRG’s Asia-Pacific Regional Group, which brings together those scholars across the Asia-Pacific region who are researching the Second World War.
Dr Ross Mahoney