Toby Higbie

Toby Higbie

Faculty-In-Residence - De Neve GH

higbie@history.ucla.edu

Frank Tobias (Toby) Higbie is a Professor in the UCLA History Department where he studies the social and cultural history of industrial life in North America. He serves as faculty chair of the Labor and Workplace Studies program, and Associate Director of the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment. His courses explore labor and social movement history, labor studies, public history, digital history, and related topics. Toby’s forthcoming book, “Reading the Marks of Capital: Workers, Intellectuals, and the Politics of Knowledge in Modern America,” explores the social world of self-educated working people during the first half of the 20th century. His first book, titled “Indispensable Outcasts,” chronicles the lives of migrant workers in the U.S. at the turn of the 20th century.

Toby grew up in suburban Detroit, Michigan. He attended the University of Michigan, and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he earned his doctorate in 2000. On the hill, Toby lives with his wife, Loretta Gaffney and their twin daughters Maeve and Charlotte (13 years old). Loretta writes about the politics of youth reading and intellectual freedom, and is a librarian at a nearby middle school.

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