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PhD Sociology, University of California, Berkeley (2001)
M.A. Sociology, University of California Berkeley (1989)
J.D., Georgetown University Law Center (1981)
Bachelor of Musical Arts, University of Michigan (1977)

Recent Courses

Exploring Disability Through Theatre
First Year Orientation Experience
Majors Seminar
Qualitative Research Methods
Sociology Of Law

Teaching Specializations/Interests

Social research methods, disability studies, law and inequality, gender and carework

Research Interests

Carework, disability, social movements

Grants/Sponsored Research

Adelphi Faculty Development Grant 2012
Adelphi Faculty Development Grant 2011

Book Chapters

Deborah L. Little (2015). Building a Movement of Caring Selves: Organizing Direct Care Workers. In Mignon Duffy, Amy Armenia, Clare L. Stacey (Eds.). Caring on the Clock: The Complexities and Contradictions of Paid Work. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.

Little, Deborah L. (2010). "Sit Home and Collect the Check": Race, Class, and the Social Construction of Disability Identity. In Barnartt, Sharon N. (Eds.). Disability as a Fluid State. (pp. 183-202). Bingley: Emerald Group.

Bush, Melanie and Deborah L. Little (2009). Teaching toward Praxis and Political Engagement. In David Fasenfest (Eds.). Engaging Social Justice: Critical Studies of 21st Century Social Transformation. Leiden: Brill.

Little, Deborah L. (2007). From 'Giving Care' to 'Taking Care': Negotiating Care-Work at Welfare's End. In Maurice Hamington and Dorothy C. Miller (Eds.). Socializing Care: Feminist Ethics and Public Issues (Feminist Constructions Series). (pp. 121-141). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Refereed Articles

Little, Deborah (2010), "Identity, Efficiency and Disability Rights". Disability Studies Quarterly, 30, No. 1.

Little, Deborah L. (2007), Review of Global Dimensions of Gender and Carework, edited by Mary K. Zimmerman, Jacquelyn S. Litt, and Christine E. Bose. International Journal of Sociology of the Family, Vol, 33 No. 2, 358-61.

Little, Deborah L. (2002), Review of Alice O’Connor’s Poverty Knowledge: Social Science, Social Policy, and the Poor in Twentieth-Century U.S. History. American Journal of Sociology, Vol. 108, Pp. 227-229.

Little, Deborah L. (1999), "Independent Workers, Dependable Mothers: Discourse, Resistance and AFDC Workfare Programs.". Social Politics, Vol. 6, No. 2, pp. 161-202.

Conference Presentations/Papers

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Deborah L. Little and Traci Levy (2014). Care Pooling: Disabled Parents, Young Carers, and Personal Assistants. In ESS Annual Meeting 2014 Mini-conference: The Invisible Work of Care (pp. 30). Baltimore Hilton, Baltimre, MD.

Karr, Valerie, Maggie Lally and Deborah Little (2012). Reversing the Gaze: Exploring disability and Acceptance Through Performance Art on a University Campus. In Society for Disability Studies 25th Annual Conference. Denver, CO.

Levy, Traci and Deborah Little (2012). Who Cares: Integrating Disability Experiences into Care Theory. In Western Political Science Association. Portland, Oregon. In Western Political Science Association. Portland, OR.

Little, Deborah L. (2009). In Society for the Study of Symbolic Interactionism Annual Conference. San Francisco, CA.

Levy, Traci and Deborah L. Little (2008). “Who Cares and Other Tensions between a Public Ethic of Care and Disability Studies.”. In American Political Science Association Annual Meeting (pp. 40). Boston.

Bush, Melanie and Deborah Little. (2008). “Reflection on Organizing a Campus Delegation to the US Social Forum.”. In Critical Sociology Conference, Co-sponsored by the Society for the Study of Social Problems. (pp. 36). Boston.

Little, Deborah L. and Linda Francis (2008). “Babies in the Ivory Tower.”. In Society for the Study of Social Problems Annual Meeting.. Boston.

Little, Deborah L. and Traci Levy. (2008). . "Personal Assistant? Caregiver? A dialog between disability studies and care theory.". In Society for Disability Studies Annual Meeting. (pp. 40). New York.

Little, Deborah L. (2007). “ ‘Sit home and collect the check:’ The role of race and class in explaining consumer behavior in an Independent Living Center.”. In Eastern Sociological Society. Philadelphia, PA.

Little, Deborah L. (2006). “ ‘I am a person with a disability!’ Framing disability rights while teaching independent living.”. In Society for Disability Studies Annual Meeting. Washington, DC.

Honors and Accomplishments

Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy Research, University of Michigan, 2001-2003.

Professional Activities

Co-Chair, Disability Division, Society for the Study of Social Problems.
Member, Accessibility Committee, Society for the Study of Social Problems, 2011-2015.
Chair, Accessibility Committee, Society for the Study of Social Problems, 2010-2011.
Member, National Steering Committee, Carework Network, 2007-2011; 2015 to present.
Member, American Sociological Association, 2001 - 2010.
Member, Eastern Sociological Society, 2005 to present.
Member, Carework Network, 2002 - present.
Member, Society for Disability Studies, 2003 - present.

Community and Corporate Leadership

LI Delegate: Witness for Peace, Roots of Migration. Travel Jan. 2010 to Oaxaca, Mexico.

Co-Facilitator, Building the World We Dream About, Pilot Anti-Racism Curriculum from the Unitarian Universalist Association, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Stony Brook (UUFSB), 9/2007-12/2008.
Member, Journey Towards Wholeness Anti-Racism Taskforce, UUFSB, 2007 to present.

Chair, Worship Associates Committee, UUFSB, 2006 to 2007.
Member, Social Action Committee, UUFSB, 2003 to present.