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 for teachers, students, and lifelong learners.

Prior to working at Virginia Humanities, Emma worked at the Library of Virginia, where she spearheaded an initiative to research Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) history in the library’s collections and engaged with community members both across the state and nationally to highlight APIDA experiences through programming and outreach.

Emma has also been a professor in the Virginia Commonwealth University Global Education department (VCU Globe) and 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 podcast contributor for Feminist Book Club