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David Spence

David Spence Head ShotDavid Spence is a professor of law, politics & regulation at the University of Texas at Austin’s McCombs School of Business. He earned his Ph.D. in political science from Duke University, and his J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law. Professor Spence teaches courses on energy regulation, environmental regulation, business-government relations, corporate social responsibility and stakeholder relations.

Professor Spence is co-author of the Foundation Press textbook, Energy, Economics and the Environment (3d Ed., 2010). He has published numerous scholarly articles on subjects relating to energy policy, regulation and the regulatory process in journals such as the Cornell Law Review, the Journal of Legal Studies, Public Administration Review, the California Law Review, among others. He is and Co-Director of the Energy Management & Innovation Center at the McCombs School.

Before coming to academia, Professor Spence was a practicing attorney representing public utilities, energy companies and others in connection with a wide variety of environmental and energy regulatory matters. He has considerable experience providing executive education training in the field of corporate social responsibility and stakeholder relations for a wide variety of energy and other companies, including Royal Dutch Shell, ExxonMobil, Petrobras, the BG Group, Chicago Bridge and Iron, and Sinopec, among others.

In addition to his work at the University of Texas, Professor Spence has taught at Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment, the Vanderbilt University Law School, the Cornell Law School, the University of California at Santa Barbara's Bren School of the Environment, and the Harvard Law School. He is a native of Rochester New York, and has lived for the past 13 years in Austin, TX with his wife and two children.