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David A. Anderson

  • Fred & Emily Marshall Wulff Centennial Chair in Law


  • JD University of Texas at Austin
  • AB Harvard

Professor Anderson worked as a political journalist for several years before entering law school, where he was an editor of the Texas Law Review. A specialist in torts and mass media law, he has a particular interest in tort reform, First Amendment issues, and the law of libel and privacy. He is a contributing editor of Texas Monthly magazine. He has lectured at universities in Australia, England, Sweden, Italy, and The Netherlands.

He is co-author of Mass Media Law (Foundation, 8th ed., 2011) and Cases and Materials on Torts (West, 4th ed., 2011). His many articles include "Freedom of the Press in Wartime (Colorado Law Review, 2006) "Freedom of the Press" (Texas Law Review, 2002), "First Amendment Limitations on Tort Law" (Brooklyn Law Review, 2004) and "The Origins of the Press Clause" (UCLA Law Review, 1983).

Professor Anderson collects saddles and is writing a memoir of his early life on a ranch in Nebraska.

Recent Publications

  • The Press and Democratic Dialogue, 127 Harvard Law Review Forum 331 (2014).
  • Transnational Libel, 53 Virginia Journal of International Law 71 (2012).
  • Lone Star Law: A Legal History of Texas, by Michael Ariens, 22 Great Plains Research 91 (2012).

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David A. Anderson

Work (512) 232-1365

Fax (512) 471-6988

Office: JON 5.253
The University of Texas at Austin
727 E Dean Keeton Street
Austin, TX 78705

Faculty Assistant

Rebecca M. Kutz-Marks
(512) 232-1355

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