Prof Edward LarsonProf Edward Larson

Professor of History and Talmadge Professor of Law
University of Georgia

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Professor Edward J. Larson is the Russell Professor of History and Talmadge Professor of Law at the University of Georgia and recipient of the 1998 Pulitzer Prize in History. Before accepting a teaching position at Georgia in 1987, he served as Associate Counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor (1983-89) and as an attorney with a major Seattle law firm (1979-83).

Larson lectures and speaks on history, law, science, and bio-ethics for academic, professional and public audiences. He has delivered endowed or funded addresses at dozens of colleges or universities and was commencement speaker at two universities. He has given papers at scores of academic conferences throughout the world, and legal and medical education talks to professional legal, judicial and medical groups across the country. He is interviewed frequently for broadcast and print media, including multiple appearances on PBS, the History Channel, Court TV, C-SPAN and CNN. His course on the history of evolution theory is available on audio and video The Teaching Company.

Honoraria Titles

Major Prizes


A Magnificent Catastrophe: The Tumultuous Election of 1800, America's First Presidential Campaign,

Free Press 2007

The Creation-Evolution Debate: Historical Perspectives,

Univ. of Georgia Press 2007

The Essential Words and Writings of Clarence Darrow (with Jack Marshall),

Random House 2007

Evolution: The Remarkable History of a Scientific Theory,

Random House 2004, 2006 (with new afterword)

Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America's Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion,

Basic Book 1997, 2006 (with new afterword)

The Constitutional Convention: A Narrative History from the Notes of James Madison (with Michael Winship),

Random House 2005

Trial and Error: The American Controversy Over Creation and Evolution,

Oxford University Press 1985, 1989 (expanded edition), 2003 (updated edition)

Evolution's Workshop: God and Science on the Galapagos Islands,

Basic Books and Penguin 2001

The Scopes Trial: A Photographic History (with Edward Caudill),

University of Tennessee Press 2000

The History of Science and Religion in the Western Tradition: An Encyclopedia (edited volume)

Garland Publishing 2000
Co-authors: Eds: E.Larson, Gary Ferngren & Darril Amundsen,

Sex, Race, and Science: Eugenics in the Deep South,

Johns Hopkins University Press 1995