Edward Larson is a professor of law at Pepperdine University and recipient of the 1998 Pulitzer Prize in History for Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America's Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion (1997).
The author of seven books and over one hundred published articles, Larson writes mostly about issues of science, medicine and law from an historical perspective. His books include Evolution: The Remarkable History of a Scientific Theory (2005, 2006 rev. ed.); Evolution's Workshop: God and Science in the Galapagos Islands (2001), Sex, Race, and Science: Eugenics in the Deep South (1995), and Trial and Error: The American Controversy Over Creation and Evolution (1985, 2003 rev. ed.). His most recent book, A Magnificent Catastrophe: The Tumultuous Election of 1800, America's First Presidential Campaign, was published to acclaim in September.His articles have appeared in such varied journals as Nature, Atlantic Monthly, TIME, Science, Scientific American, The Nation, The Wall Street Journal, Virginia Law Review, and Isis. The Fulbright Program named Larson to the John Adams Chair in American Studies for 2001. A popular teacher and lecturer, Larson is also interviewed frequently for broadcast and print media, including multiple appearances on PBS, NPR, the History Channel, C-SPAN, and CNN.