Texas Tech University

Tracy Hresko Pearl

President’s Excellence in Research Professor of Law

Email: tracy.pearl@ttu.edu

Phone: (806) 834-7055

Professor Pearl is a nationally recognized scholar on emerging technology and the law.  She researches and writes about risk, regulation, and tort law in the areas of driverless vehicles, the Internet of Things, and other new forms of technology.  Her scholarship also explores whether and how procedural rules impact due process and how courts treat novel societal issues.

After receiving an A.B. in Public Policy Studies from Duke University and a M.Sc from Oxford University in Comparative Social Policy, Professor Pearl received her Juris Doctorate from Boston College Law School where she served as Senior Executive Editor of the Boston College International & Comparative Law Review and was awarded the Frederick N. Halstrom Oral Advocacy Award and membership in the Order of the Coif.

Following law school, Professor Pearl served as a law clerk to the Honorable Stephanie K. Seymour of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and to the Honorable Richard L. Williams of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Upon completion of her clerkships, she worked as a litigation associate at Hogan Lovells LLP in Washington, DC, where she litigated a wide variety of cases at both the trial and appellate levels.

While at Texas Tech, Professor Pearl has won the Chancellor's Council Distinguished Research Award, the highest research honor awarded within the Texas Tech University System.  She has also been the recipient of a President's Excellence in Research Professorship, the Spencer A. Wells Award for Creativity in Teaching, and a Lubbock Chamber of Commerce Twenty Under Forty award.  Prior to arriving at Texas Tech, Professor Pearl was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Florida International University College of Law where she was the 2013-14 Professor of the Year as well as the 2013-14 Pioneer Award winner. Professor Pearl has been invited to present her work at conferences at Yale, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Sorbonne, among other universities.

Professor Pearl is admitted to practice in Massachusetts, the District of Columbia, and the United States Courts of Appeals for the First, Fourth, and Tenth Circuits.

View Professor Pearl's CV here.

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  • B.A., Duke University
  • M.Sc., Oxford University
  • J.D., Boston College


  • Torts
  • Environmental Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Current Topics in Criminal Law & Procedure

Selected Publications

Hands Off the Wheel: The Role of Law in the Coming Extinction of Human-Driven Cars, 33 Harv. J. L. & Tech. ___ (2020).

Compensation at the Crossroads: Autonomous Vehicles & Alternative Victim Compensation Schemes, 60 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 1827 (2019).

Hands on the Wheel: A Call for Greater Regulation of Semi-Autonomous Cars, 93 Ind. L.J. 713 (2018).

Fast & Furious: The Misregulation of Driverless Cars, 73 NYU Ann. Surv. Am. L. 24 (2017).

Far From the Madding Crowd: A Statutory Response to Crowd Crush, 68 Hastings L.J. 159 (2016).

Crowd Crush: How the Law Leaves American Crowds Unprotected, 104 Kentucky L.J.1 (2016).

For a comprehensive list of Prof. Pearl's scholarship, follow this link: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/cf_dev/AbsByAuth.cfm?per_id=1879795