Dr. Little received a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin in 1972, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in 1975 and 1978, respectively, from Cornell University. He has been at Clark since that time and is also affiliated with the program in Asian Studies.
Current Research and Teaching
Dr. Little's teaching specialty is American diplomatic history, but he also offers courses on 20th century America and United States relations with the Middle East. His next research project will focus on Ronald Reagan’s foreign policies in the Middle East.
Us versus Them: The United States, the Middle East, and Radical Islam since 1989, University of North Carolina Press, forthcoming in 2016.
American Orientalism: The United States and the Middle East since 1945, 3rd edition, University of North Carolina Press, 2008.
Malevolent Neutrality: The United States, Great Britain, and the Origins of the Spanish Civil War, Cornell University Press, 1985.
Recent Articles and Book Chapters
"Impatient Crusaders: The Making of America's Informal Empire in the Middle East," in America in the World: The Historiography of US Foreign Relations since 1941, edited by Frank Costigliola and Michael J. Hogan, Cambridge University Press, New York, 2014, pp. 212-35.
"To the Shores of Tripoli: America, Qaddafi, and the Libyan Revolution 1969-1989," International History Review, March 2013, pp. 70-99.
"The United States and the Kurds: A Cold War Story," Journal of Cold War Studies, Fall 2010, pp. 63-98.
"The Cold War in the Middle East from the Suez Crisis to the Camp David Accords," in The Cambridge History of the Cold War, Vol. 2, edited by Melvyn P. Leffler and Oddv Arne Westad, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, England, 2009, pp. 301-26.
"Mission Impossible: The CIA and the Cult of Covert Action in the Middle East," Diplomatic History, November 2004, pp. 663-701.
"The United States, North Africa, and the Middle East since 1961, "Chapter 29 in American Foreign Relations Since 1600: A Guide to the Literature, edited by Robert L. Beisner, ABC Clio, Santa Barbara, CA, 2003, pp. 1665-1731.