David A. Anderson

  • Fred & Emily Marshall Wulff Centennial Chair in Law


  • JD University of Texas at Austin
  • AB Harvard

Professor Anderson teaches torts, mass media law, First Amendment law, and a seminar on fiction by lawyers. He has a particular interest in tort reform, First Amendment issues, and the law of libel and privacy. He worked as a political journalist for several years before entering law school, where he was a Chancellor and an editor of the Texas Law Review. He has lectured at universities in Australia, England, Sweden, Italy, and The Netherlands.

He is co-author of Mass Media Law (Foundation, 9th ed., 2016) and Cases and Materials on Torts (West, 4th ed., 2011). His many articles include "The Promises of New York Times v. Sullivan," (Roger Williams University Law Review, 2015)," Wechsler's Triumph" (Alabama Law Review 2014) and "Transnational Libel" (Virginia Journal of International Law 2012).

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

Recent Publications

  • Media Law: Cases and Materials (9th ed., Foundation Press, 2016) (with Marc A. Franklin, Lyrissa C. Barnett Lidsky, & Amy Gajda).
  • Of Horses, Donkeys, and Mules, 94 Texas Law Review See Also 1 (2015).
  • The Press and Political Community, 2015/1 In Medias Res 1 (2015). [Published in Hungarian as A sajtó és politikai közösségek].

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