School of Arts

Dr Zeb Leonard

Position: Sessional Lecturer
Study area: Humanities and Social Sciences
Location: Mt Helen Campus, Room H201
Phone: 5327 6406


Graduate Certificate of Education, Tertiary Teaching - University of Ballarat - 2015
Doctor of Philosophy - University of Ballarat - 2011
Graduate Diploma of Education, University of Ballarat - 2006
Bachelor of Humanities and Social Sciences (Hons) - University of Ballarat - 2004



Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Education


  • The USA in Contemporary World History (HISSG 1002)
  • Australian Colonial History (HISOC 2107)
  • Making Modern Australia (HISGL 2100)
  • Australia and the Asia-Pacific (HISOC 2104)
  • Australia, People Institutions and Culture (HISGL 1107)
  • War and Peace (HISGL 2109)
  • History Curriculum (EDBED 1007)


Zeb is a sessional lecturer in the schools of Education and Arts and has been teaching courses in history and education since 2011 following his PhD graduation. His thesis, titled ‘Atomic (Con)testing: public representations and reflections on British atomic testing in Australia’ was an exploration of the public debates surrounding Britain’s controversial weapons tests of the 1950s. Since 2012, Zeb has been on the steering committee for the multidisciplinary Cultural Enquiry Research Group (CERG) which is also based in the faculty.

Areas of expertise

Zeb has a strong record of undergraduate teaching, coordinating and tutoring in a range of courses across several disciplines. He has worked in areas concerning the developments in strategic weapons technology throughout the 20th century and its impact on the contemporary world. Key to this is the rise of airpower, the Cold War and the related arms race and space race.

Research interests

  • The Cold War
  • History of strategic technology
  • Nuclear non-proliferation


Refereed journal articles

Leonard, Z, ‘Tampering with history: varied understandings of ‘Operation Mosaic’ ' Journal of Australian Studies, 38 (2), 2014.


  • Cultural Enquiry Research Group, steering committee, 2012- Present
  • Australian Historical Association