Biography

Professor Little is Chair of the Department of History at Emory & Henry and serves as director of its Appalachian Oral History Project. His academic interests include southern, early American, Caribbean, and African history. He is the recipient of many fellowships and awards, including the John B. Stephenson Fellowship, which was awarded by the Appalachian College Association, the James Still Fellowship, a Faculty Scholars Program award given by the University of Kentucky, the Barbara Field Kennedy Prize in American History, and the Mary Hayes Ewing Publication Prize in Southern History. The author of numerous academic papers, his work has appeared in Slavery and Abolition, Church History, and in the anthology Money, Trade, and Power: The Evolution of Colonial South Carolina’s Plantation Society (2001). Professor Little has also been at various times an NEH, Mellon Foundation, and Jessie Ball DuPont Fellow.

Research:

Professor Little is presently completing a book entitled The Origins of Southern Evangelicalism: Revivalism in the South Carolina Lowcountry, 1670-1760.

Student Research:

In addition to several different honors theses, faculty-student research projects in past years have included “Preparing for 2007,” a Jamestown quadracentennial project funded by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and Public Policy, and “Oral History in Southwest Virginia,” an applied history research project funded by the Appalachian College Association..

Upcoming Research:

Upcoming research opportunities and projects will involve the settlement and early development of Southwest Virginia and Upper East Tennessee, Puritanism in early Bermuda, and manumission in the Atlantic world.

Educational Background

  • B.A. and M.A., University of South Carolina
  • M.A. and Ph.D., Rice University