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Ed Larson, J.D., Ph.D. 
University Professor of Law and History; Hugh and Hazel Darling Chair in Law
School of Law

Phone: (310) 506-7593
Location: Malibu Campus

Areas of Expertise

  • Science and technology law
  • Health care law
  • History of American elections & election law
  • Intellectual property law & policy, including rights of publicity
  • Legal history

The author of seven books, co-author or co-editor of five books, and over fifty published articles, Edward Larson writes mostly about issues of science, medicine, and law from a historical perspective. In 1998, Larson received the Pulitzer Prize in History for his book, Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America's Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion. His other books include: Evolution: The Remarkable History of a Scientific Theory; Evolution's Workshop: God and Science in the Galapagos Islands; Sex, Race, and Science Eugenics in the Deep South; The Creation-Evolution Debate: Historical Perspectives; A Magnificent Catastrophe: The Tumultuous Election of 1800, America's First Presidential Campaign; Trial and Error: The American Controversy Over Creation and Evolution and his most recent work An Empire of Ice:  Scott, Shackleton and the Heroic Age of Antarctic  Science. Larson's articles have appeared in such varied publications as Nature, Scientific American, Atlantic Monthly, The Nation, Wall Street Journal, Virginia Law Review, Christianity Today, Christian Century, Journal of the History of Medicine, and British Journal for the History of Science.

Larson received the George Sarton Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science honoring a historian of science for his or her body of work. He also received one of University of Georgia's highest honors for scholarship when he was presented with the Albert Christ-Janer Creative Research Award in Spring 2001. He has taught in Austria, China, France, and New Zealand, and is interviewed frequently by print and broadcast media, including the Today show Booknotes, Nova, PBS' NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, and various BBC and NPR programs.

Larson also served as associate counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor and as an attorney with Davis, Wright & Tremaine in Seattle, Washington.

The Following books have been Co-Authored and Edited by Larson:
The Essential Words and Writings of Clarence Darrow (with Jack Marshall).
The Constitutional Convention: A Narrative History from the Notes of James Madison (with Michael Winship).
Property Law: Cases and Materials (with J. Smith, et al.).
The Scopes Trial: A Photographic History (with Edward Caudill).
The History of Science and Religion in the Western Tradition: An Encyclopedia (co-edited with Gary Ferngren and Darril Amundsen).
A Different Death: Euthanasia in the Christian Tradition (with Darril Amundsen).

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