Department of History

Lindy B. Biggs

Lindy Biggs received a joint PhD from MIT in history of technology and urban studies and planning, and the MA and BS from the University of Missouri. She teaches and writes about technology and its social context and consequences. Her research has focused on industrialization in both the US and Britain, and more specifically on the physical reality of industrialization. Her first book, The Rational Factory: Architecture, Technology and Work in America's Age of Mass Production (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996/2002), examined the creation of the American mass-production factory. She is currently writing about the first factories in eighteenth-century England, their employment of child labor, and the debates that arose around early industrialization.

She has received a grant from the National Science Foundation and was a senior fellow at the Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology at MIT in support of the project. Biggs has been a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Norway and served as the Secretary of the Society for the History of Technology. She was the founding Director of Auburn's Office of Sustainability and created the Minor in Sustainability Studies.

Last Updated: May 23, 2019