Emma Ito (she/her) is the Director of Education at Virginia Humanities, where she is responsible for the development, coordination, and implementation of educational resources. She works in the fields of public history and humanities education and is especially focused on K-12 students, college students, teachers, and lifelong learners.
Prior to working at Virginia Humanities, Emma worked as an Education and Program Specialist at the Library of Virginia, where she spearheaded an initiative to research Asian American history in the Library of Virginia’s collections and engaged with community members both across the state and nationally to highlight contemporary experiences through programming and outreach.
Emma has also been an adjunct professor in the Virginia Commonwealth University Global Education department and the University Honors College. Emma received her B.A. and M.A. in History at Virginia Commonwealth University, where her Master’s thesis was on the experiences of Japanese immigrants and Japanese Americans in Virginia, with a focus on the time periods of Jim Crow and World War II. In her free time, Emma is an avid reader and bookstagrammer.