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John Christian Laursen (Professor) received his Ph.D from The Johns Hopkins University, and joined the UCR faculty in 1991. His teaching and research interests include political theory and the history of political thought, with special interests in skepticism, cynicism, irony, toleration, cosmopolitanism, and freedom of the press. Professor Laursen is the author of The Politics of Skepticism in the Ancients, Montaigne, Hume, and Kant (1992) and co-translated Carl Friedrich Bahrdt’s play, The Edict of Religion (2000), Early French and German Defenses of Freedom of the Press (2003), and two political pamphlets by Pierre Bayle (2014, 2017). He co-edited Denis Veiras, The History of the Sevarambians (2006). His edited volumes include Histories of Heresy in Early Modern Europe (2002), Heresy in Transition (2005), Monarchisms in the Age of Enlightenment: Liberty, Patriotism, and the Common Good (2007), Skepticism in the Modern Age (2009), Forjadores de la tolerancia (2011), Paradoxes of Religious Toleration (2012), and Skepticism and Political Thought in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries (2015). In addition, Professor Laursen has published numerous articles in journals and books and given invited lectures in Russia, Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Spain, Canada, Portugal, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and throughout the United States. He received an award for Outstanding Teaching from the American Political Science Association in 2006 and held the Cañada Blanch Chair at the University of Valencia, Spain, in February-March 2005. He was a professeur invité at the Ecole Normale Supérieur in Lyon, France in 2009, and a Fulbright Senior Lecturer in Santiago de Compostela in 2012.