Judith Warren Little
Carol Liu Professor of Education Policy, emerita, at the University of California, Berkeley

Judith Warren Little is the Carol Liu Professor of Education Policy, emerita, at the University of California, Berkeley. She received her PhD in sociology from the University of Colorado and worked as Senior Program Director at Far West Laboratory (now WestEd) before joining the faculty at Berkeley. Her research focuses on teachers’ work and careers, the organizational and policy contexts of teaching, and teachers’ professional development. Her earliest work established how teachers’ professional relationships — the degree to which they worked together for the benefit of students — created conditions conducive to school success.

In subsequent research, she delved more fully into the nature of teachers’ professional community and its relationship to teacher learning and school reform. In recent years, she has also investigated national and international developments in the composition, quality, distribution, and preparation of the teacher workforce and has become involved in cross-field studies of education for the professions. In pursuing all of these interests, she has attempted to balance attention to the daily life of schools with a broader view of the social, institutional, and policy environments in which the work of teaching resides. She has published widely in the areas of teachers’ work, school reform, and teacher policy.

Professor Little joined the Berkeley faculty in 1987, and was appointed as Dean in 2010. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Education, a fellow of the American Educational Research Association, and recipient of the Frank H. Klassen Award for leadership and scholarly contributions in teacher education from the International Council on Education for Teaching. She has served as an advisor to foundations, government agencies, professional associations, university programs, and local school districts in the U.S. and elsewhere.