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Edward J. Larson, Ph.D.
University Professor and Hugh & Hazel Darling Chair in Law

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  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, 1984
  • J.D., Harvard University, 1979
  • M.A., University of Wisconsin, 1976
  • B.A., Williams College, 1974

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The author of nine books and nearly one hundred published articles, Edward Larson teaches, lectures, and writes about issues of law, politics, science, and medicine from an historical perspective. His books include A Magnificent Catastrophe: The Tumultuous Election of 1800, America's First Presidential Campaign (2008), Evolution: The Remarkable History of a Scientific Theory (2004), Sex, Race, and Science: Eugenics in the Deep South (1995), Trial and Error: The American Controversy Over Creation and Evolution (1985, 1989, and 2002 expanded editions), the Pulitzer Prize winning Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America's Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion (1997), and The Return of George Washington: 1783-1984 (2014). His book, An Empire of Ice: Scott, Shackleton, and the Heroic Age of Antarctic Science (2011) was a finalist for the 2012 Hessell-Tiltman Prize in History and received the Georgia Writers Award in History. Larson's articles have appeared in such varied journals as American History, Nature, Atlantic Monthly, Scientific American, Isis, The Nation, Wall Street Journal, Wilson Quarterly, The Georgia Review, Constitutional Commentary, and over a dozen different law reviews. He is the co-author or co-editor of six additional books, including The Constitutional Convention: A Narrative History from the Notes of James Madison (2005).

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Key Awards/Affiliations
  • Fulbright Senior Scholar, John Adams Chair
  • 2003-04, Participant, Antarctic Artists and Writers Program, National Science Foundation,
  • 2003 American Spirit Award, Conference on Southern Literature,
  • 2001 Christ-Janer Award for Outstanding Research in the Humanities, Univ. of GA,
  • 2000-01 John Adams Chair of American History, Fulbright Program, University of Leiden, The Netherlands,
  • 2000 George Sarton Lecture, American Association for Advancement of Science,
  • 1999 National Civil Liberties Award, American Civil Liberties Union,
  • 1998 Pulitzer Prize for History,
  • 1998 American Bar Association Silver Gavel Award Finalist,
  • 1998 Washington State Governor's Writers Award,
  • 1998 Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge Certificate of Recognition,
  • 1997 Templeton Prize for Outstanding Article in Science and Religion,
  • Resident Scholar, Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Study Center, Italy, 1996,
  • Richard B. Russell Award for Undergraduate Teaching, University of Georgia, 1992,
  • Parks-Heggoy Award for Excellence in Teaching History, University of Georgia, 1989,
  • University Fellow, University of Wisconsin, 1983-84,
  • Member, Phi Beta Kappa, Williams College, 1974,

Publications


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  • Edward J. Larson, Speaker, George Washington and the Constitution, Mount Vernon Symposium, Reagan Library (Feb. 28, 2013).
  • Edward J. Larson, Selected as the inaugural Fellow for the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington, Mount Vernon, Virginia, 2013-2014, .
  • Edward J. Larson, Presentation re "An Empire of Ice," Jonathan Club, Los Angeles, CA, 2012.
  • Edward J. Larson, Presentation re "An Empire of Ice," Cosmopolitan Club, San Francisco, CA, 2012.
  • Edward J. Larson, Presentation re "An Empire of Ice," Metropolitan Club in Washington, D.C., 2011.
  • Edward J. Larson, Presentation re "An Empire of Ice," National Science Foundation headquarters in Alexandria, VA, 2011.
  • Edward J. Larson, "Medical Rationing, Death Panels and the Rising Cost of Health Care," Whittier Law School Law Review Symposium, 2011.
  • Edward J. Larson, "Putting Buck v. Bell in Scientific and Historical Context: Response to Victoria F. Nourse," Pepperdine Law Review Symposium, 2011.
  • Edward J. Larson, "Science and Religions: Two Cultures?" Belief in Dialogue Conference Plenary Lecture, American University of Sharjah, UAE, 2011.
  • Edward J. Larson, "Who's to Blame for Eugenics?" Ian Ramsey Center Conference Plenary Lecture, Oxford University, 2011.
  • Edward J. Larson, "The American Legal Controversy Over Teaching Evolution," Law and Religion Conference, Melbourne Law School, 2011.
  • Edward J. Larson, "The Burr Treason Trials," AJEI/ABA Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., 2011.
  • Edward J. Larson, "The History, Intent and Meaning of the 20th Amendment," University of Virginia School of Law, Faculty Symposium, 2011.
  • Edward J. Larson, Presentation re "An Empire of Ice," Explorer's Club in New York City, 2011.
  • Edward J. Larson, Presentation re "An Empire of Ice," Burbury Lecture, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia, 2011.
  • Edward J. Larson, Presentation re "An Empire of Ice," National Maritime Museum, Sydney, Australia, 2011.
  • Edward J. Larson, Presentation re "An Empire of Ice," Royal Society in London, 2011.
  • Edward J. Larson, Presentation re "An Empire of Ice," California Club, Los Angeles, CA, 2011.
  • Edward J. Larson, Presentation re "An Empire of Ice," Byrd Polar Research Center at Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 2011.
  • Edward J. Larson, Presentation re "An Empire of Ice," Atlanta History Center, Atlanta, GA, 2011.
  • Edward J. Larson, Presentation re "An Empire of Ice," Free Library, Philadelphia, PA, 2011.
  • Edward J. Larson, Lecture, Thai Counsel, Los Angeles, CA, 2011.
  • Edward J. Larson, Respondent, Pepperdine Law Review Symposium, 2011.
  • Edward J. Larson, Speaker, Whittier Law Review Symposium, 2011.
  • Edward J. Larson, Speaker, Claremont McKenna College workshop, 2011.
  • Edward J. Larson, Lecture, Loma Linda University, 2011.
  • Edward J. Larson, Lecture, Explorer's Club, New York City, 2011.
  • Edward J. Larson, Panelist, Christian Scholar's Conference, Pepperdine University, 2011.
  • Edward J. Larson, Speaker, Tennessee Bar Association Annual Meeting, Chattanooga, TN, 2011.
  • Edward J. Larson, Speaker, British Council Conference on Science, Culture and Modernity, American Univ. of Sharjah, UAE, 2011.
  • Edward J. Larson, Presentation re "An Empire of Ice," 11th Annual Shackleton Autumn School, Athy, Ireland, 2011.
  • Edward J. Larson, Lecture, FREE Federal Judges Conference, Bozeman, MT, 2010.
  • Edward J. Larson, Lecture, Faraday Institute, Cambridge University, 2010.
  • Edward J. Larson, Lecture, FREE Religious Leaders Conference, Big Sky, MT, 2010.
  • Edward J. Larson, Panel Discussion, UCLA School of Law, 2010.
  • Edward J. Larson, Public Lecture and law faculty speaker, University of Mississippi, Oxford, MI, 2010.
  • Edward J. Larson, "Science in Modern Law," University of Athens, Delphi Summer Conference, Greece, 2009.
  • Edward J. Larson, "Inherit the Wind," Sigel Center Fall Workshop, Plenary Speaker, Montreal, Canada, 2009.
  • Edward J. Larson, "Darwinism and the Victorian Soul," Pepperdine University Darwin Conference, Plenary Speaker, 2009.
  • Edward J. Larson, "Judeo-Christian Legal Tradition," Israel Winter Intersession, Tel Aviv, Israel, 2009.
  • Edward J. Larson, "The Scopes Trial," International Academy of Trial Lawyers Annual Meeting, Plenary Address, San Francisco, CA, 2009.
  • Edward J. Larson, "The Galapagos and International Conservation Law," Galapagos Symposium, California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, CA, 2009.
  • Edward J. Larson, "Eugenics and the Law," International Darwin Conference, University of Northwest Territories, Darwin, Australia, 2009.
  • Edward J. Larson, "The American Legal Controversy over Creation and Evolution," University of Michigan, Invited Lecture, 2009.

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