Justine Modica

M.A., Stanford University, 2017
B.A., Dartmouth College, 2009

Justine Modica is a PhD candidate in United States History and a PhD minor in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her research examines the history of child care labor in America. Justine's dissertation, "Who Cares?: How the United States Constructed a Child Care Workforce, 1970-2000," looks at how various constituencies, including nanny professionalization organizations, immigrant rights advocacy groups, federal agencies, municipal task forces, nanny and domestic worker placement agencies, and labor unions defined the value of child care labor and, in doing so, articulated a vision of how American children should be raised and who should raise them. 

Justine's research has been funded by the Clayman Institute for Gender Research, the Andrew A. Mellon Foundation, and the Center for Engaged Scholarship. She is a recipient of several teaching awards, including the Diane Middlebrook Graduate Teaching Prize in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, the Western Association of Women's Historian's Peggy Renner Prize for Teaching & Curricular Innovation, and the Centennial Teaching Assistant Award. Her advocacy has also been recognized with the Graduate Feminist Scholar of the Year Award from Stanford's Vice Provost for Graduate Education, the Diversity Advocacy Committee's Excellence in Advocacy Award from Stanford's Graduate Student Council, and a Community Impact Award from the Stanford Alumni Association. 

Prior to graduate school, Justine ran a college completion program for fellow first generation students in New Orleans, Louisiana.


  • Caring Labor in the United States
  • New Orleans: An American City?