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Toby Higbie


PROFESSOR


Contact Information

Email    higbie@history.ucla.edu
Office  5242 Bunche Hall
Phone  310-794-9331
Tobias Higbie is a Professor in the UCLA History Department.

He teaches classes on U.S. History, labor and social movement history, labor studies, and digital humanities/history. He is an advisor to the Institute for Research on Labor & Employment and the Labor & Workplace Studies undergraduate minor. Higbie is the author of Indispensable Outcasts: Hobo Workers and Community in the American Midwest, 1880-1930 (2003), and articles on migration, print culture, and working class education. Before coming to UCLA in 2007, Higbie taught labor history and contemporary economics for trade unionists at the University of Illinois, and directed a research center at the Newberry Library in Chicago. He holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Illinois.

Faculty Chair, Labor & Workplace Studies

Advisor, UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment.

Member, UCLA Faculty Association.

Member, American Federation of Teachers, University Council, AFL-CIO.

Degrees

Ph.D. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Awards

Best Article Prize, Labor vol. 10, for "Why Do Robots Rebel."

Allan Sharlin Memorial Award, Social Science History Association, 2004.

Philip Taft Labor History Book Award, Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations, 2004. Awarded jointly to Indispensable Outcasts and Robert Korstad, Civil Rights Unionism.

Selected Publications

"Heartland: The Politics of a Regional Signifier," Middle West Review, 1(Spring 2014): 81-90. pre-publication copy.

"Five Ideas for Digital Labor History" LaborOnline January 9, 2014.

"Stirring the Pot and Adding Some Spice: Workers Education at the University of California, 1921-1962," IRLE Working Paper.

"Why Do Robots Rebel? The Labor History of a Cultural Icon" in Labor 10:1 (Spring 2013). Read it HereSee more images.

“Unschooled but Not Uneducated: Print, Public Speaking, and the Networks of Informal Working-Class Education, 1900-1940,” pp. 103-125 in Adam R. Nelson and John L. Rudolph, eds., Education and the Culture of Print in Modern America (University of Wisconsin Press, 2010). Read it Here.

Frontier to Heartland: Making History in Central North America (Curator), online exhibit at the Newberry Library, 2010. Presentation slides for "Imagining the Spaces of Central North America" November 17, 2010.

“Between Romance and Degradation: Navigating the Meanings of Vagrancy in North America, 1870-1940,” pp. 250-269 in Augustus Lee Beier and Paul Ocobock, eds., Cast Out: A Global History of Vagrancy. Ohio University Press, 2008.

Outspoken: Chicago's Free Speech Tradition. Curator (with Peter Alter), Newberry Library/Chicago Historical Society exhibit, 2004. Online exhibit.

“Rural Work, Household Subsistence, and the North American Working Class: A View from the Midwest,” International Labor and Working Class History 65 (Spring 2004): 50-76.

Indispensable Outcasts: Hobo Workers and Community in the American Midwest, 1880-1930. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2003.

“Crossing Class Boundaries: Tramp Ethnographers and Narratives of Class in Progressive Era America,” Social Science History 21:4 (Winter 1997): 559-592.

Graduate Students

Caroline Luce

Alfred Flores

Andrew Gomez

Current Courses by Term

2017 Fall Quarter

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

Honors Research in History

2018 Winter Quarter

Variable Topics Historiography Proseminar: U.S.

Previous Courses by Term

2017 Spring Quarter

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

Introduction to Historical Practice

History of Psychiatry: Insane Asylums to Drugs that Remake Self, 1840 to Present

This Land Is My Land: Global Histories of Settler Colonialism

American Working Class Movements

Community and Corporate Internships in History

Teaching History

2017 Winter Quarter

Introduction to Historical Practice

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in History of Science/Technology

Capstone Seminar: History -- U.S.

Community and Corporate Internships in History

Special Courses in Labor and Workplace Studies

2016 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Historical Practice

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in History of Science/Technology

U.S. and Comparative Immigration History

Advanced Honors Seminars

Community and Corporate Internships in History

Teaching History

Special Courses in Labor and Workplace Studies

2016 Summer Session

Community and Corporate Internships in History

2016 Spring Quarter

Introduction to Historical Practice

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in Latin American History

Community and Corporate Internships in History

Introduction to U.S. History: 20th Century

Teaching History

2016 Winter Quarter

Introduction to Historical Practice

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in U.S. History

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in Southeast Asian History

Capstone Seminar: History -- U.S.

Community and Corporate Internships in History

Special Courses in Labor and Workplace Studies

2015 Fall Quarter

Comparative Approaches to Community and Corporate Internships

Introduction to Historical Practice

American Working Class Movements

Community and Corporate Internships in History

Teaching History

Special Courses in Labor and Workplace Studies

2015 Summer Session

Community and Corporate Internships in History

2015 Spring Quarter

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

Introduction to Historical Practice

Community and Corporate Internships in History

Teaching History

2015 Winter Quarter

Introduction to Historical Practice

2014 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Historical Practice

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in Jewish History

American Working Class Movements

Community and Corporate Internships in History

Teaching History

Special Courses in Labor and Workplace Studies

2013 Spring Quarter

American Working Class Movements

2013 Winter Quarter

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in U.S. History

2012 Fall Quarter

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

2012 Spring Quarter

Work, Labor, and Social Justice in U.S.: Special Topics

Capstone Seminar: History -- U.S.

Topics in History: U.S.

2012 Winter Quarter

Work, Labor, and Social Justice in U.S.

2011 Fall Quarter

Work, Labor, and Social Justice in U.S.

2011 Spring Quarter

Topics in U.S. History

Capstone Seminar: History -- U.S.

2011 Winter Quarter

American Working Class Movements

Special Courses in Labor and Workplace Studies

2010 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in U.S. History

2010 Spring Quarter

History of the U.S. and Its Colonial Origins: 20th Century

Teaching Apprentice Practicum

2010 Winter Quarter

Work, Labor, and Social Justice in U.S.

2009 Fall Quarter

Work, Labor, and Social Justice in U.S.

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in U.S. History

2009 Spring Quarter

Honors Research in History

2008 Fall Quarter

Work, Labor, and Social Justice in U.S.

Undergraduate Variable Topics Research Seminars: History -- U.S.

2008 Spring Quarter

History of the U.S. and Its Colonial Origins: 20th Century

Topics in History: U.S.

2007 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in U.S. History

American Working Class Movements

Previous Courses by Course

HIST 98TA
History of Psychiatry: Insane Asylums to Drugs that Remake Self, 1840 to Present

2017 Spring Quarter

HIST 19
Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

2017 Spring Quarter

2015 Spring Quarter

2012 Fall Quarter

HIST 146B
American Working Class Movements

2017 Spring Quarter

2015 Fall Quarter

2014 Fall Quarter

2013 Spring Quarter

2011 Winter Quarter

2007 Fall Quarter

HIST 98TB
This Land Is My Land: Global Histories of Settler Colonialism

2017 Spring Quarter

HIST 195CE
Community and Corporate Internships in History

2017 Spring Quarter

2017 Winter Quarter

2016 Fall Quarter

2016 Summer Session

2016 Spring Quarter

2016 Winter Quarter

2015 Fall Quarter

2015 Summer Session

2015 Spring Quarter

2014 Fall Quarter

HIST 495
Teaching History

2017 Spring Quarter

2016 Fall Quarter

2016 Spring Quarter

2015 Fall Quarter

2015 Spring Quarter

2014 Fall Quarter

HIST 191D
Capstone Seminar: History -- U.S.

2017 Winter Quarter

2016 Winter Quarter

2012 Spring Quarter

2011 Spring Quarter

HIST 97I
Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in History of Science/Technology

2017 Winter Quarter

2016 Fall Quarter

LBR&WS 188
Special Courses in Labor and Workplace Studies

2017 Winter Quarter

2016 Fall Quarter

2016 Winter Quarter

2015 Fall Quarter

2014 Fall Quarter

2011 Winter Quarter

HIST 189
Advanced Honors Seminars

2016 Fall Quarter

HIST 146C
U.S. and Comparative Immigration History

2016 Fall Quarter

HIST 246C
Introduction to U.S. History: 20th Century

2016 Spring Quarter

HIST 97E
Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in Latin American History

2016 Spring Quarter

HIST 97D
Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in U.S. History

2016 Winter Quarter

2013 Winter Quarter

2010 Fall Quarter

2009 Fall Quarter

2007 Fall Quarter

HIST 97M
Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in Southeast Asian History

2016 Winter Quarter

AF AMER M195CE
Comparative Approaches to Community and Corporate Internships

2015 Fall Quarter

HIST 97L
Introduction to Historical Practice: Variable Topics in Jewish History

2014 Fall Quarter

GE CLST M24CW
Work, Labor, and Social Justice in U.S.: Special Topics
HIST 201H
Topics in History: U.S.

2012 Spring Quarter

2008 Spring Quarter

GE CLST M24B
Work, Labor, and Social Justice in U.S.

2012 Winter Quarter

2010 Winter Quarter

GE CLST M24A
Work, Labor, and Social Justice in U.S.

2011 Fall Quarter

2009 Fall Quarter

2008 Fall Quarter

HIST 156
Topics in U.S. History

2011 Spring Quarter

HIST 375
Teaching Apprentice Practicum

2010 Spring Quarter

HIST 13C
History of the U.S. and Its Colonial Origins: 20th Century

2010 Spring Quarter

2008 Spring Quarter

LBR&WS M1B
Work, Labor, and Social Justice in U.S.

2010 Winter Quarter

LBR&WS M1A
Work, Labor, and Social Justice in U.S.

2009 Fall Quarter

HIST 198A
Honors Research in History

2009 Spring Quarter

HIST 191D
Undergraduate Variable Topics Research Seminars: History -- U.S.

2008 Fall Quarter