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 has recently published two non-law books, one about domestic architecture and one a memoir about the life and death of a remote plains community.