Koji Ito

 Koji Ito

Contact Information

History, 309 Gregory Hall
810 S. Wright Street
M/C 466
Urbana, IL 61801


I am a PhD candidate of the history department at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Research Interests

  • Foreign Relations, US Empire, Transnationalism, Global History, Maritime History

Research Description

My dissertation analyzes the process of how the Bering Sea emerged as a territorialized space after World War II. Predecessors have overemphasized the agency of the fishing industry in transforming the political and legal landscape of the Bering Sea. I challenge this oversimplified interpretation and approach my question by considering how and why other actors with different political and social identities, such as scientists, legal scholars, nationalists, alarmists, consumers, conservationists, geographers, and indigenous peoples, participated in territorializing the Bering Sea.


  • 2010 Osaka University (MA)
  • 2008 Osaka University (BA)