Peace Studies


Douglas Little, Ph.D.

Professor of History
Department of History
Clark University
Worcester, MA 01610-1477

Phone: (508) 793-7184

Curriculum Vitae

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 Peace 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 current research focuses on the U.S. response to radical Islam between the 1967 Six Day War and the 1979 Iranian Revolution.

Selected Publications


American Orientalism: The United States and the Middle East since 1945 , University of North Carolina Press, 2002. [Second Edition with epilogue on the War in Iraq, 2004.]

Malevolent Neutrality: The United States, Great Britain, and the Origins of the Spanish Civil War, Cornell University Press, 1985.

Articles and Book Chapters

"Innocents Abroad? Orientalism and America's New Empire in the Middle East." in Controlling the Uncontrollable: The Great Powers in the Middle East, edited by Tore T. Petersen, Rostra Books, Trondheim, Norway, 2006, pp. 39-58.

"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.

"His Finest Hour? Eisenhower, Lebanon, and the 1958 Crisis in the Middle East," Diplomatic History , Winter 1996, pp.27-54. [Reprinted in Peter Hahn and Mary Ann Heiss, eds., Empire and Revolution: The United States and the Third World Since 1945 , Ohio State University Press, 2000.]

"Nasser Delenda Est: Lyndon Johnson, the Arabs, and the 1967 Six Day War," in Beyond Vietnam: The Foreign Policies of Lyndon Johnson , edited by H. W. Brands, Texas A & M University Press, 1999, pp. 145-167.