Tobias Higbie, associate professor of history, has been named the 2013-14 Lloyd Lewis Fellow in American History at the Newberry Library in Chicago, an independent research library dedicated to the advancement and dissemination of knowledge, especially in the humanities. Higbie will use the fellowship, which is named for Lloyd Lewis, managing editor of the Chicago Daily News from 1930 to 1945, to conduct research for a book project entitled "Working Knowledge: Learning and Living in a Grassroots Social Movement."
Higbie co-curated the joint Newberry Library/Chicago Historical Society exhibit "Outspoken: Chicago's Free Speech Tradition" in 2004. His 2003 book, "Indispensable Outcasts: Hobo Workers and Community in the American Midwest, 1880-1930" (University of Illinois Press), won the Allan Sharlin Memorial Award and the Philip Taft Labor History Book Award.
Higbie studies the social and cultural history of industrial society, particularly the United States in the 19th and 20th centuries. His current research explores practices of self-education in American working class communities, and the cultural figure of the "working class intellectual" during the early 20th century.