Toby Higbie

Toby Higbie

Faculty-in-Residence - Dykstra Hall

Frank Tobias (Toby) Higbie is a Professor of History and Labor Studies and the chair of Labor Studies. His classes explore labor and social movement history, migration history, and digital history methods. Toby’s latest book, “Labor’s Mind: A History of Working-Class Intellectual Life,” is a study of 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. He is currently researching the intersection of labor and immigrant rights movements in the U.S. during the 1970s and 1980s.

Toby grew up in suburban Detroit, Michigan. He attended the University of Michigan as an undergraduate, 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 children Eli and Charlotte. Loretta writes about the politics of youth reading and intellectual freedom, and teaches classes on working-class literature and storytelling.


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