Background and activities
Thomas Brandt is Associate Professor in History at NTNU. He is working within the history of science and technology, broadly defined.
Thomas Brandt (b. 1971) is an associate professor of History at the Department for Historcal Studies at the Norwegian University for Science and Technology. He received his doctoral degree from NTNU in 2006, where his dissertation examined the cultural production, mediation and consumption of the Italian 'Vespa' scooter in the 1950s and 1960s.
Brandt was project co-ordinator of the interdisciplinary research project 'The Factory' ('Fabrikken'), resulting in a series of working papers and the homonymous book of which he was co-editor, translator and contributor. In 2004 the book Fabrikken was awarded the annual best non-fiction book prize by the Norwegian newspaper Klassekampen.
Brandt have published several works ranging from military industrial history to media history and urban waterfront development history. He has also published works on design history, business history and university history. His most recent book is the history of his own alma mater NTNU, covering 250 years of science and higher education, written in collaboration with historian Ola Nordal.
Currently, Brandt is the project mangager for the project 'The history of the Norwegian Research Councils, 1946-2016'.
Brandt is teaching courses in digital history, history of technology and cultural heritage studies. Apart from teaching and research, Brandt has also experience with creating innovative museum exhibitions through an engagement as researcher at the NTNU Faros Knowledge Park. He was part of the team behind the exhibition Klima X at the Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology in Oslo that received the Roy L. Shafer Leading Edge Award in 2009.
As of 2013, Brandt is exhibit review editor for the journal Technology and Culture.
He is also on the editorial board for the Scandinavian journal of industrial heritage, Fabrik & Bolig.