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

Office: School of Law (SOL)

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

Curriculum Vitae

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Ed Larson holds the Hugh and Hazel Darling Chair in Law and is University Professor of History at Pepperdine University. Originally from Ohio with a PhD in the history of science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and law degree from Harvard, Larson has lectured on all seven continents and taught at Stanford Law School, University of Melbourne, Leiden University, and the University of Georgia, where he chaired the History Department. Prior to become a professor, Larson practiced law in Seattle and served as counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, D.C.

Recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in History and numerous other awards for writing and teaching, Larson is the author or co-author of fourteen books and over one hundred published articles. His latest book, The Return of George Washington: Uniting the States, 1783-1789, was a New York Times Bestseller and resulted in Larson being invited to deliver the 2016 Supreme Court Historical Society lecture in Washington, give the annual Gaines Lecture at Mount Vernon, and serve as a featured presenter for the Library of Congress's Faculty 36 Madison Council event. His other books, which has been translated into over twenty languages, include An Empire of Ice: Scott, Shackleton, and the Heroic Age of Antarctic Science; A Magnificent Catastrophe: The Tumultuous Election of 1800, America's First Presidential Campaign; Evolution's Workshop: God and Science in the Galapagos Islands; and the Pulitzer Prize winning Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America's Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion. Larson's latest articles have appeared in such varied publications as Nature, Atlantic Monthly, Science, Scientific American, Time, Wall Street Journal, American History, The Guardian, and dozens of academic journals.


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,


All | Books | Book Chapters | Articles | Forthcoming | Popular Press


  • Edward J. Larson, The Red Dawn of Geoengineering: The First Steps toward an Effective Governance for Stratospheric Injections, 14 DUKE L. & TECH. REV. 157 (2016) HeinOnline
  • Edward J. Larson, The Common Law of Geoengineering: Building an Effective Governance for Stratospheric Injections, 2 INDON. J. INT'L & COMP. L. 329 (2015) HeinOnline
  • Edward J. Larson, ID in the Courts: Anti-Evolutionism for the 21st Century, 54 AM. J. LEGAL HIST. 147 (2014) HeinOnline
  • Edward J. Larson, The Academy and Creationism, 111 PROCEEDING OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES 9360 (2014)
  • Edward J. Larson, Teaching Creation, Evolution, and the New Atheism in 21st Century America: Window on an Evolving Establishment Clause, 82 MISS L.J. 997 (2013) HeinOnline
  • Edward J. Larson & Ronald Numbers, Creation, Evolution, and the Boundaries of Science, 3 ALMAGEST 4 (2012)
  • Edward J. Larson, The Constitutionality of Lame Duck Lawmaking: The Text, History, Intent, and Original Meaning of the Twentieth Amendment, 2012 UTAH L. REV. 707 (2012) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Edward J. Larson, Medical Rationing, Death Panels and the Rising Cost of Health Care, 33 WHITTIER L. REV. 13 (2011) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Edward J. Larson, Putting Buck v. Bell in Scientific and Historical Context: A Response to Victoria Nourse, 39 PEPP. L. REV. 119 (2011) (symposium) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Edward J. Larson, Greater Glory: Why Scott Let Amundsen Win the Race to the South Pole, SCIENTIFIC AM., May 27, 2011, at 32
  • Edward J. Larson, 2011 Anti-Canonical Considerations, 39 PEPP. L. REV. 1 (2011) (symposium) HeinOnline
  • Edward J. Larson, Antarctica: Turning the World Upside Down, NATURE, Dec. 2011, at 29
  • Edward J. Larson, Public Science for a Global Empire: The British Quest for the South Magnetic Pole, 102 ISIS 34 (2011)
  • Edward J. Larson, The Natural History of Hell: The Galapagos Before Darwin, PROCEEDINGS OF THE CALIFORNIA ACADEMY OF SCIENCES, Sept. 2010, at 37
  • Edward J. Larson, Poles Apart: Scott, Amundsen and Science, 35 ENDEAVOUR 129 (2011)
  • Edward J. Larson, An American Tragedy: Retelling the Leopold-Loeb Story in Popular Culture, 50 AM. J. LEGAL HIST. 119 (2010) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Edward J. Larson, "I Had No Intention to Write Atheistically": Darwin, God, and the 2500-Year History of the Debate, RELIGION DISPATCHES, Nov. 24, 2009
  • Edward J. Larson, The Reception of Darwinism in the Nineteenth Century, 21 SCIENCE AND CHRISTIAN BELIEF 3 (2009)
  • Edward J. Larson, Prejudiced Results: Darwin and Race, BOOKFORUM, Feb./Mar. 2009, at 36
  • Edward J. Larson, Murder Will Out: Rethinking the Right of Publicity Through One Classic Case, 62 RUTGERS L. REV. 131 (2009) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Edward J. Larson, Approaching the Rubicon and Crossing the Bar: Washington's Death and the Rise of Republican Rule, 62 GEORGIA REV. 551 (2008)
  • Edward J. Larson, Religion vs. Science: America's Perilous Fight, RELIGION DISPATCHES, May 8, 2008
  • Edward J. Larson, Time for Another Jubilee, USA TODAY, Jan. 14, 2008
  • Edward J. Larson, David Depew & Ronald Isetti, Inheriting Inherit the Wind: Debating the Play as a Teaching Tool, 1 EVOLUTION EDUCATION AND OUTREACH 150 (2008)
  • Edward J. Larson, The Politics of History, WALL ST. J., Feb. 6, 2008
  • Edward J. Larson & Larry Withman, Scienziati e Religione in America, 73 SAPERE, Feb. 2007, at 58
  • Edward J. Larson, Declarations of Faith, TIME, Nov. 12, 2007
  • Edward J. Larson, Infidels at the Gates: Science and Religion in the 1800 Election: Lesson for Today?, SCIENCE AND SPIRIT, Jul/Aug 2007 at 45
  • Edward J. Larson, The Revolution of 1800, AMERICAN HISTORY, Dec. 2007, at 26
  • Edward J. Larson & Marc Dettmann, The Impact of HSAs on Health Care Reform: Preliminary Results After One Year, 40 WAKE FOREST L. REV. 1087 (2005) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Edward J. Larson, Building a Nation From Thirteen States: The Constitutional Convention and Preemption, 33 PEPP. L. REV. 7 (2005) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Edward J. Larson, From Cruzan to Schiavo: Similar Bedfellows in Fact and at Law, 22 CONST. COMMENT. 405 (2005) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Edward J. Larson, Tailored Genes, LEGAL AFFAIRS, Nov.-Dec. 2003, at 56
  • Edward J. Larson, The Meaning of Human Gene Testing for Disability Rights, 70 U. CIN. L. REV. 913 (2001-02) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Edward J. Larson & Dan T. Coenen, Congressional Power Over Presidential Elections: Lessons From the Past and Reforms for the Future, 43 WM. & MARY L. REV 851 (2002) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Edward J. Larson, Law and Society in the Courtroom: Introducing the Trials of the Century, 68 UMKC L. REV. 543 (2000) SSRN HeinOnline
  • Edward J. Larson, Tales of Death: Storytelling in the Physician-Assisted Suicide Litigation, 39 WASHBURN L.J. 159 (1999-2000) SSRN HeinOnline

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