Erica Bruchko joined the Robert W. Woodruff Library in 2010. She has a BA in History and Anthropology from the University of South Carolina and an MA in History from Emory University.
Before accepting the position of humanities librarian at Emory, Erica was a graduate fellow at the James Weldon Johnson Institute for Advanced Interdisciplinary Study and served as a member of the Research Services and Arrangement and Description Teams at Emory’s Manuscript, Archive and Rare Book Library. In addition to collection development in African American Studies and US History, her interests include archives education, historical methods training, and digital humanities initiatives.
Erica has authored several reference publications for ABC-CLIO, and is currently serving on their awards review board. She is also a committee member of the Association of College and Research Libraries, African American Studies Librarians Section, and the Reference and User Association History Instruction Section.
In addition to her library work, Erica is a practicing historian, completing a dissertation in the Department of History at Emory on slaves’ informal economic networks in the American South. To support her research, she has been awarded grants and fellowships from institutions including the Earhart Foundation, Duke University, the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, the South Caroliniana Library, and Emory University, and has presented papers at conferences including the annual meeting of the American Historical Association.