Hello, I'm Spencer Case. I'm a freelance writer and 2018 CU Boulder philosophy Ph.D. I'm now an international research fellow at the Wuhan University school of philosophy in China living with my wife, May Han. I like writing, reading, podcasting, listening to jazz, and swing dancing. My main philosophical research area is the nature of normativity (i.e., "ought-ness"), but I've got interests in other areas, too. Really all aspects of philosophy interest me. This website is my online home. You can find information about my research and non-academic writings by following the tabs above.
A bit about my background: I was born in Portland, Oregon and raised mostly in Pocatello, Idaho (with a few years in Utah). I spent eight years in the U.S. Army Reserve, working as a public affairs specialist with an emphasis on print and photography. During this time I completed two deployments: to Iraq in 2005-2006 with the 207th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment and to Afghanistan in 2009-2010 with the 304th Public Affairs Detachment. I don't regret it, but I'm quite glad to be a civilian now. I got my BA in philosophy and creative writing from Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho before moving on to Colorado. My graduate studies were interrupted twice: first by my second deployment, and again when I received a Fulbright student grant to study Islamic philosophy in Egypt for a year. I came to Wuhan in 2019 for a postdoc position and was evacuated in the early days of the COVID-19 crisis. That was... interesting.
Turning now to the pictures: to the right is me with May. That's the photo on our official Chinese marriage papers. Right below that is me with my baby nephew,
Mackay. Below that I'm swing dancing with swing dance partner, Natasha Deakins at the 2018 World War 2 Ball in Boulder, Colorado. Those were good times. Videos of me performing with Flatiron Flyers, a lindy hop performance group based out of Boulder are here and here. Top photo is a stone corridor from Petra, Jordan that leads to the famous treasury.