A transplanted New Yorker living in California, Spencer Nelson is a sophomore double
majoring in History and Philosophy at Stanford University. Though he attended a high
school with no newspaper, he has long been interested in journalism and, for the last two
years, he has written opinion columns for the campus newspaper, The Stanford Daily,
on social, political and philosophical issues. The lack of any debate society on campus
led him to found the university’s first such institution, Stanford Students for Reason.
Bringing substance and argument to debates where emotional ploy and obfuscation are
the order of the day is his persistent goal. He is fluent in Spanish and learned German
while working at a hotel in Cologne. In his spare time, he plays guitar, reads fiction, and
plays on Stanford’s club rugby team. In 2012 he was a Millennial Values Fellow in conjunction with the Berkley Center's project on young Americans, faith, and values.