David Little is a retired professor of the practice in religion, ethnicity, and international conflict at Harvard Divinity School, and was an associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. He is now a fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University. Until the summer of 1999, he was senior scholar in religion, ethics and human rights at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C. Before that, he taught at the University of Virginia and Yale Divinity School. From 1996 to 1998, he was member of the State Department Committee on Religious Freedom Abroad.
Little holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Wooster, a Bachelor of Divinity Degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City, and a Doctor of Theology degree from Harvard University.
He is co-author with Scott W. Hibbard of Islamic Activism and U.S. Foreign Policy, and also author of publications on Ukraine, Sri Lanka, and Tibet (with Hibbard) in the USIP series on religion, nationalism, and intolerance. In 2007 he published two edited volumes: Peacemakers in Action: Profiles of Religion in Conflict Resolution, and Religion and Nationalism in Iraq: A Comparative Perspective (with Donald K. Swearer). Little has authored numerous articles on religion and human rights and religion and peace, as well as the history of rights and constitutionalism, and religion and law in England and America. Cambridge University Press has recently published a book of his writings, Essays on Religion and Human Rights: Ground To Stand On, and a book of responses to his work by colleagues and former students: Religion and Public Policy: Human Rights, Conflict, and Ethics, ed. by Sumner B. Twiss, Marian Gh. Simion, and Rodney L. Petersen.