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Chancellor Daniel Little, Ph.D.

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Daniel Little is chancellor of the University of Michigan-Dearborn. He serves as professor of philosophy at UM-Dearborn and as professor of sociology at UM-Ann Arbor.

Previous positions of academic leadership include service as vice president for academic affairs at Bucknell University (1996-2000) and as associate dean of the faculty at Colgate University (1993-96). He served as professor of philosophy at Colgate and Bucknell, with teaching experience as well at Wellesley College and the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.

He received his A.B. in philosophy and B.S. in mathematics from the University of Illinois in 1971 and his Ph.D. in philosophy from Harvard University in 1977. His research interests fall within the philosophy and methodology of the social sciences.

His most recent books include The Future of Diversity (Palgrave, 2010, edited with Satya Mohanty), New Contributions to the Philosophy of History (Springer, 2010) and The Paradox of Wealth and Poverty (Westview Press, 2003).  Other books include:  Microfoundations, Method, and Causation (Transactions Publishers, 1998), On the Reliability of Economic Models (edited) (Kluwer, 1995), Varieties of Social Explanation (Westview Press, 1991), Understanding Peasant China (Yale University Press, 1989; Chinese translation, 2007) and The Scientific Marx (University of Minnesota Press, 1986).

During 1989-91 he held a Social Science Research Council/MacArthur Foundation fellowship in international peace and security, which he spent as Visiting Scholar at the Center for International Affairs at Harvard University.

Chancellor Little is actively involved in metropolitan affairs in the Detroit region, with particular involvement in organizations supporting inter-group communications and collaboration.  He serves on the boards of New Detroit, the Metropolitan Affairs Coalition, the Oakwood Healthcare System Board of Trustees, the City Year Detroit Board (serves as chair), the Detroit Zoological Society, the Michigan Campus Compact, the Council of Asian and Pacific Americans, the Citizens Research Council of Michigan, Detroit Public Television, Michigan Association of United Ways, and The Future of Minority Studies Research Project Advisory Board.  He is currently co-chair of the Detroit Talent Dividend Advisory Committee.