Spencer received a Bachelor and Master of Accounting from Brigham Young University in 2015. While at Brigham Young University, he completed the Ph.D. preparation program. Before becoming a doctoral student, he interned for Moss Adams LLP in San Jose, California. Spencer's research interests are in financial accounting, including disclosure, capital markets and financial reporting quality. Spencer is also interested in tax accounting as it relates to capital markets. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family, camping, genealogical research, and community service.