Department of Gender Studies

Department of Gender Studies
Department of Gender Studies

Margaret Little

Margaret Little

Tel (613)533-6000 ext. 75670

Professor in Gender Studies jointly appointed with the Department of Political Studies.
Sir Edward Peacock Chair in Gender and Politics
(Gender and Poverty, Gender and the State)





Brief Biography

I like to think of myself as an anti-poverty activist and academic who works in the area of poverty, welfare reform and anti-poverty activist politics. I am jointly appointed to Gender Studies and Political Studies and am the 2013-18 Peacock Professor of Gender and Politics.

In my spare (?!) time I am currently working on three projects: marginalized mothers' racism, 1960s-1980s; white feminist racism; and the (in)effectiveness of food insecurity programs.
I am most interested in supervising students in the areas of poverty, Canadian social policy, welfare restructuring and anti-poverty organizing.

Publications - Books

If I Had a Hammer: Women’s Retraining that really Works,  Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2006

No Car, No Radio, No Liquor Permit: The Moral Regulation of Single Mothers in Ontario, 1920-1996, Toronto: University of Oxford Press, 1998. (Chalmers Book Award) 

Publications - Recent Journal Articles

Little, M.; E. Power and P. Collins, “Should Canadian Health Promoters Support a Food Stampe-style Program to Address Food Insecurity?” Health Promotion International, September 2014, Vol. 30, No. 1, pp. 184-193.

Little, M.; Power, E.; Collins, P., “Municipal Level Responses to Food Insecurity in Canada: A Call for Critical, Evaluative Research,” Canadian Journal of Public Health. March/April 2014, Vol. 105, No. 2, pp. 138-141.

Little, M., “Just another neoliberal worker: Tracing the State’s Treatment of Low-Income Mothers,” International Journal of Sociology of the Family, Vol. 38, No. 1, Spring 2012, pp. 1-18.

Little, M and L Marks, “Ontario and British Columbia Welfare Policy: Variants on a Neoliberal Theme,” Special Issue on Feminist State Theory, Comparative Studies of South Asia, Middle East and Africa, Duke University Press, Vol. 30, No. 2, 2010, pp. 192-203.