Professor Edward J. Larson, Ph.D., J.D.

Professor Edward J. Larson
  • Pepperdine University
  • Harvard University; University of Wisconsin, Madison
Exploring biology is the ultimate adventure for us and for life itself. It leads outward beyond the ends of the earth and inward to our very own DNA.

Dr. Edward J. Larson is University Professor and Hugh & Hazel Darling Chair in Law at Pepperdine University. He earned a B.A. from Williams College and a J.D. from Harvard University. He also holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in the History of Science from the University of Wisconsin- Madison. He previously taught at the University of Georgia and served as Associate Counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor. While at the University of Georgia, Professor Larson received several teaching awards, including the Richard B. Russell Award for Undergraduate Teaching. He also received the George Sarton Award for Science History from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Larson was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for History for his book, Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America's Continuing Debate over Science and Religion. He is the author of three other books and more than 50 articles for such publications as Nature, Scientific American, The Atlantic, and The Wall Street Journal.


"I was immensely impressed with Professor Larson. He laid out the complexities of evolution, the theory's evolution (if you will), and the controversy it sparked and contiues to fight against today."