Erin Purdy is the director of communications for the Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin. A proud Cleveland native, she was a curator at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the editor-in-chief of Cleveland Magazine, and a researcher and writer for The History Factory before fulfilling her childhood dream of moving to Austin, Texas. Initially hired at the Briscoe Center in 2005 as an oral historian, her responsibilities increased to management of the center’s communications and public outreach efforts, including exhibits, publications, and print and online communications. She left in 2016 to work for Texas State University in presidential, fundraising, and admissions communications, but greatly missed working in history. It was her great fortune to return to the Briscoe Center in 2021. Erin lives in Kyle, Texas, with her husband Chris Miller and Sophie, their incredibly spoiled rescue dog.