Professor Spence's research and teaching focuses on business-government relations and the regulation of business, particularly energy and environmental regulation. He received his Ph.D. in political science from Duke University, and his J.D. from the University of North Carolina. Professor Spence has taught as a visitor at the Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment, the Vanderbilt Law School, the Cornell Law School, Harvard Law School, IMADEC University in Vienna, Austria, and the Bren School of the Environment at the University of California at Santa Barbara.
As part of the Texas Executive Education open enrollment program, Spence teaches the following courses: External Stakeholders; Ethics and Social Responsibility in Emerging Energy Markets.