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Thomas H. Little

Thomas LittleDr. Thom Little is the Director of Curriculum Development and Research for the State Legislative Leaders Foundation. He has coordinated and participated in numerous educational and training programs for state legislative leaders and advocacy groups over the last ten years. He has made presentations on effective advocacy for the National Education Association (June, 2000), at a conference sponsored by the National Center for Children in Poverty, the Institute for Child and Family Policy and the Chapin Hall Center for Children (2003), The South Carolina New Statesmen Society (2005 and 2007), the Democratic Caucus of the North Carolina House of Representatives (2004). The NC Institute of Political Leadership (2008) and the Leadership Team of the New Hampshire House of Representative (2009). In addition to his work with SLLF, he is a Lecturer at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where he teaches courses in state government, American politics, leadership and elections.

Little earned his Doctorate from The Ohio State University in 1991 and taught at the University of Texas at Arlington from 1992 to 1999, after three years at American University in Washington, DC. His areas of teaching and research specialization include state politics, legislative politics, political parties, term limits, Congress and state legislative leadership. Dr. Little has published more than a dozen articles on these topics in a variety of academic journals and has published seven book chapters on the attitudes and activities of state legislative leaders. Dr. Little has served as a consultant for the Leadership Development Program of the Federal Judicial Center in Washington, DC since 1991. He is also a member of the Selection Committee for the William M. Bulger Excellence in Leadership Award and is active in several political science associations, having chaired numerous panels and discussion sessions in those organizations. He is also advisor and faculty for the Institute of Political Leadership.

As the Director of Research and Curriculum for the State Legislative Leaders Foundation, Dr. Little has worked closely in the writing and production of several publications including, State Legislative Leaders: Keys to Effective Legislation for Children and Families, Welfare Reform and the Advocacy Community: Opportunities Missed, Opportunities on the Horizon, What Have You Gotten Yourself Into? A Guide for New Legislative Leaders, and several case studies about legislative leadership. He is also the co-author of The Legislative Branch of State Government: People, Processes and Politics (ABC-CLIO, 2006).

Dr. Little and his wife, Dr. Catherine Scott-Little, reside in Greensboro, North Carolina with their two daughters, Virginia (13) and Rebecca (10) where they are active in church. Dr. Little serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Greensboro Ballet, on the UNCG Baptist Student Union Alumni Association and assistant coach to his daughter’s Upward Basketball team.