PhD Sociology, University of California Berkeley (2001)
J.D. Magna Cum Laude, Georgetown University Law Center (1981)
M.A. Sociology, University of California Berkeley (1989)
Licenses and Certifications
Licenses and Certifications
1981-present Member, California State Bar (inactive)
2013-2016 Adelphi University Chair, Department of Sociology
2010-present Adelphi University Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology and Sociology
2003-2010 Adelphi University Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology and Sociology
2001-03 University of Michigan Robert Wood Johnson Scholar of Health Policy Research
June 1997-Feb. 2001 Katz & Stanton, Esq., Westbury, N.Y. Supervising Attorney.
Mar 1991-June 1997 Grey & Grey, L.L.P., Farmingdale, N.Y. Supervising Attorney.
Oct 1983-Aug 1987 Legal Aid Society of Orange County, Orange County, California.
Staff Attorney III.
American System Of Criminal Justice
Qualitative Research Methods
Sociology Of Law
Social research methods, disability studies, law and inequality, gender and carework
Carework, disability, social movements
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.
Little, Deborah (2010), "Identity, Efficiency and Disability Rights". Disability Studies Quarterly, 30, No. 1.
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.
Little, Deborah L. (1999), "Independent Workers, Dependable Mothers: Discourse, Resistance and AFDC Workfare Programs.". Social Politics, Vol. 6, No. 2, pp. 161-202.
Little, Deborah. Review of Care Work and Class: Domestic Workers’ Struggle for Equal Rights in Latin America, by Merike Blofield. New Political Science. Vol. 35 Issue 3, 522-524. DOI: 10.1080/07393148.2013.813703.
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.
“Dogs and kitties are companions. We are professionals.” Building a movement of caring selves.” Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meeting.
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.
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 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.
Adelphi Faculty Development Grant 2012
Adelphi Faculty Development Grant 2011
Honors and Accomplishments
Honors and Accomplishments
Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy Research, University of Michigan, 2001-2003.
2017-18 Organizer, Carework Mini-Conference, Society for the Study of Social Problems
2017-18 Member, Accessibility Committee, Society for the Study of Social Problems
2017 Steering Committee & Organizer, Global Carework Summit, Carework Network
2015-17 Co-Chair, Disabilities Division, Society for the Study of Social Problems
2013 & 2014 Panel organizer and discussant, Society for the Study of Social Problems Annual
2011-13 Member, Accessibility Committee, Society for the Study of Social Problems
2012 Reviewer for Disability Studies Quarterly
2012 Reviewer for Worth Publishers and Routledge
2010-11 Chair, Accessibility Committee, Society for the Study of Social Problems
2010 to present Member, Society for the Study of Social Problems
2007-present Member, National Steering Committee, Carework Network
1981 - Present Member, California Bar Association.
2013-present Member, University Diversity Committee
2012-present Member, Adelphi Community Reads Committee
2007-Present Member, Anchor Team, Adelphi University Collaboration Project
2012-2015 Chair, Dept. of Sociology and Criminal Justice
2009-2011 Co-Chair, Committee for Individuals with Disabilities
2009-2010 Vice-President, Faculty Senate
2003 – 2005 Member, Faculty Senate.
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