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Director of the Development Studies Program, Emory University

April 28th, 2010

Area of Expertise: Development
Geographical Expertise - Region: North America, Subsaharan Africa
Geographical Expertise - Country: Somalia
Language: English
Field of Work: Academia, Activist/Humanitarian, Author/Novelist
City: Atlanta
Country: USA
Continent: North America


Peter Little Peter LittleDr. Peter Little is director of the Development Studies Program at Emory University, Atlanta. He is an expert on international development issues, and the Horn of Africa.

He received his Ph.D (1983) and M.A. (1979) degrees from Indiana University.  His topical areas of specialization include food insecurity and famine, poverty, pastoralism, rural development, and conflict resolution.  During the past 30 years he has worked in several African countries, but with primary emphasis on eastern Africa, including the African Horn (Somalia, Ethiopia, and northern Kenya).  In this period, he has earned several prizes and awards, including fellowships and grants from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, National Science Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council; and the Kirwan Memorial Research Prize (2005) and the Wethington Research Award (2007) both from the University of Kentucky, Amaury Talbot Book and a Choice Outstanding Academic Book award for his book, Somalia: Economy without State (2003).   He also has been a Visiting Professor, African Studies Centre, Kyoto University, a Visiting Scholar, Centre for African Studies, Oxford University, and a Visiting Research Associate at the Institute for Development Studies, University of Nairobi and has collaborated on research programs with several other universities around the world.

Dr. Little has served as a Member of the African Studies Committee, Social Science Research Council (1992-1996), the National Review Committee for Sub-Saharan Africa, Fulbright Scholar Program (1996-1998),  Disciplinary and Interdisciplinary Panels of the US National Science Foundation (NSF) (2006-2010), US Science Liaison Committee, International Livestock Research Institute (2007-2009), Advisory Committee for the Africa Program, Volkswagen Foundation (2007-2009);  Committee of the African Dissertation Program of the Rockefeller Foundation (1997-1999), and has been a consultant and advisor to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the World Bank,  Rockefeller Foundation, US Agency for International Development, International Institute for Environment and Development (England), Department for International Development (DfID) (U.K.), the U.S. Congress Office of Technology Assessment, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), OXFAM-America, and several other agencies and foundations.

Dr. Little has published more than 100 journal articles, book chapters, and research reports and eight books.

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