Dr. Little received his A.B. in philosophy and B.S. in mathematics from the University of Illinois and his Ph.D. in philosophy from Harvard University in 1977. He also serves as professor of sociology at UM-Ann Arbor. Prior to coming to UM-Dearborn he taught at Colgate University, Wellesley College, and the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, and he served as vice president for academic affairs and professor of philosophy at Bucknell University. During 1989-91 Little was a visiting scholar at the Harvard University Center for International Affairs.
Professor LittleÍs research interests include the philosophy and methodology of the social sciences, social causation and mechanisms, social and political philosophy, and China studies. He also has a sustained interest in the organizational causes of technology failures. Little has published more than fifty articles and book chapters in academic publications, and has presented more than 100 conference papers.
Disaggregating Historical Explanation (Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Mechanisms, P. Illari and S. Glennan, eds., 2017), Sociological Perspectives on Social Structure (Cambridge Handbook of Sociology, K. O. Korgen, ed., 2017),"Mechanisms and Method" (Philosophy of the Social Sciences, 2015)