Spencer Wells graduated from BYU in 2011 with a B.A. in American Studies. Much of his current research centers on questions of religious identity and (in)tolerance in the Atlantic world. In 2011 he participated in the McNeil Center For Early American Studies'' undergraduate conference where he presented his senior thesis "Judase was a Chaplain to Congress:" Jacob Duche and the Limits of American Civic Faith." In 2010 he was awarded a grant of $1,500.00 to research colonial Thanksgiving Day proclamations as a form of prayer. He presented his findings at BYU's annual English symposium. Spencer has also taught numerous freshman classes in "American Heritage" (a course examining American political, historical and economic thought) at BYU. In July 2011, he also spoke as the student representative for the College of Humanities during BYU's convocation exercises.