Wendy E Wagner

Wendy E Wagner

  • Richard Dale Endowed Chair in Law

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Professor Wagner is a leading authority on the use of science by environmental policy-makers. She received a Masters of Environmental Studies and her law degree, both from Yale, where she was Senior Editor of the Yale Law Journal and Managing Editor of the Yale Journal of Regulation. Before entering teaching, she practiced for four years, first as an Honors Attorney in the Enforcement Division of the Department of Justice's Environment and Natural Resources Division, and then as Pollution Control Coordinator with the Department of Agriculture's Office of the General Counsel. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Texas, Professor Wagner taught at Case Western Law School and was a visiting professor at Columbia and Vanderbilt Law Schools.

Prof. Wagner’s research focuses on the intersection of law and science, with particular attention to environmental policy. Among her publications, “Bending Science: How Special Interests Corrupt Public Health Research,” a 2009 book Wagner co-authored with UT colleague, Tom McGarity, received the Hamilton Grand Prize for the best book published at UT in 2009. "Dynamic Rulemaking" (with Bill West, Tom McGarity, and Lisa Peters) was awarded the 2018 American Bar Association Award for Scholarship in Administrative Law. Several other articles ("The Science Charade in Toxic Risk Regulation”, "Equal Treatment for Regulatory Science" (co-authored with David Michaels), and “Misunderstanding Models” (co-authored with Pasky Pascual and Liz Fisher)) were chosen as one of the best environmental law articles of the year and reprinted in the Land Use and Environmental Law Review. Two other articles (“Information Capture and Filter Failure” and “Competition-based Regulation”) were selected for publication in the ELI-Vanderbilt Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review as among the top articles of the year.

Prof. Wagner has served on several National Academies of Science Committees, the Bipartisan Policy Center Committee on Regulatory Science, and served as a consultant to the Administrative Conference of the U.S. (ACUS) on a project on the agencies’ use of science. Wagner has also served on the governing councils of the ABA Administrative Law Section, the National Conference of Scientists and Lawyers (AAAS-ABA Committee), and the Society for Risk Analysis. Wagner is a Member Scholar of the Center for Progressive Reform.

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Professional Activities


May 2023


Vanderbilt and Tilburg Conference on Use of Science in the Courts

April 2023


Harvard Kennedy School Conference on Risk and Uncertainty in the United States and Brazil

April 2023


Faculty Colloquium, University of Colorado


Aug. 2022


National Academies of Sciences Workshop on Toxic Substances and Children’s Health

July 2022


Law and Society Annual Conference

June 2022


Tilburg Law School, Netherlands Conference on Courts and Science

June 2022


Depaul Clifford Symposium on Corporate Accountability and Tort Law

April 2022


Vanderbilt Workshop on the draft “Networks, Platforms, and. Utilities” casebook

Vanderbilt Workshop on the draft “Networks, Platforms, and. Utilities” casebook

March 2022


Villanova Symposium on Ed Cheng’s Novel Proposal for a new Admissibility Test for Scientific Evidence

Feb. 2022


Knight Institute on Government Lies and the First Amendment


December 1, 2021


House Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law, Judiciary Committee

“The Administrative Procedure Act at 75: Ensuring the Rulemaking Process is Transparent, Accountable, and Effective”

June 2021


Conference on Science in the Courts organized jointly by Vanderbilt and Tilburg University in the Netherlands


Dec 2020


Toxic Free Future for Our Children


June 10, 2019

Administrative Law New Scholarship Roundtable

University of Wisconsin School of Law

April 11, 2019

Environmental Law Seminar Series

UCLA Law School

April 2, 2019

Law and Economics Workshop

University of Bonn, Germany

February 21, 2019

Duke Law Journal Symposium on Deregulation

Duke Law School

February 21, 2019

Faculty Colloquia

University of Virginia School of Law


March 8, 2018

Invitational workshop on empirical research on administrative law

University of Wisconsin


December 15, 2017

Conference on “Industry Influence in Financial Regulation”

Harvard University, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies

March 17, 2017

Conference on Science and Evidence

Columbia University

March 3, 2017

Faculty Colloquia

Northwestern Law School

Winter 2017

Panel on Science and Environmental Law

Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference;

February 9, 2017

Seminar on Interest Groups

Vanderbilt Law School

Winter 2017

Faculty Colloquia

Cornell Law School


Fall 2016

Conference on Tort Law and Innovation

Heidelberg University, Germany

Spring 2016

Conference on Public Participation in Administrative Law

University of Paris Law School Pantheon-Sorbonne

Spring 2016

Faculty Colloquia

University of Minnesota School of Law