Quin’Nita Cobbins-Modica, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Des Moines, Washington

Quin’Nita Cobbins-Modica is a historian of African American women’s history in the American West. She received her Ph.D. in History from the University of Washington in 2018, with an undergraduate degree in History from Fisk University and a Master’s in History from the University of Georgia.

Cobbins-Modica’s current research project explores the history of black women’s politics, activism, and leadership in Seattle. Her article “Finding Peace Across the Ocean: Daisy Tibbs Dawson and the Rebuilding of Hiroshima,” was recently published in the Spring 2019 issue of Columbia: The Magazine of Northwest History.  In 2017, she co-authored a book, Seattle on the Spot, that explored photographs of Black Seattle through the lens of photographer, Al Smith. Recently, Cobbins-Modica held a postdoctoral teaching position in the Department of History at Gonzaga University where she taught courses in U.S. History, African American History, and the Pacific Northwest.  She has also worked as a researcher for the Northwest African American History Museum in Seattle and as an exhibition co-curator and historical consultant with the Museum of History & Industry.

Cobbins-Modica has been a part of the BlackPast.org team since 2013, serving first as webmaster and then as Associate Editor/Historian in 2017.