Thomas O. McGarity holds the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Endowed Chair in Administrative Law at the University of Texas School of Law. He has taught Environmental Law, Administrative Law and Torts at UT Law school since 1980. Prior to that he taught at the University of Kansas School of Law.
After clerking for Judge William E. Doyle of the Federal Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Denver, Colorado, Professor McGarity served as an attorney-advisor in the Office of General Counsel of the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C.
Professor McGarity has written widely in the areas of Environmental Law and Administrative Law. His book Bending Science: How Special Interests Corrupt Public Health Research (co authored with his University of Texas colleague Wendy Wagner) was published in May 2008 by Harvard University Press. The Yale University Press published The Preemption War: When Federal Bureaucracies Trump Local Jurie in October 2008. His most recent book, also published by Yale University Press in 2013, is Freedom to Harm: The Lasting Legacy of the Laissez Faire Revival.
Professor McGarity is a past president and a member of the Board of Directors of the Center for Progressive Reform, a nonprofit organization consisting of scholars who are committed to developing and sharing knowledge and information, with the ultimate aim of preserving the fundamental value of the life and health ofhuman beings and the natural environment.
Professor McGarity lives in Austin with his wife Cathleen.