Pieter de Bruijn (1986) studied History of Society at Erasmus University Rotterdam, where he specialised in the fields of historical culture and cultural heritage. He obtained his PhD at the same university in 2014 on the thesis Bridges to the Past, in which he studied how museums, archives and memorial centres bring the past closer or set it at a distance. This research encompassed a comparison between two countries, England and the Netherlands, and three historical themes, Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and Slavery, World War II and the Holocaust.
De Bruijn was a researcher at the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, carrying out a small-scale study on education and World War II.
Dissertation: Bridges to the Past: Historical Distance and Multiperspectivity in English and Dutch Heritage Educational Resources (Rotterdam; 2014).