College of Arts and Sciences

Heath Spencer, PhD

  • Heath Spencer, PhD
    PhD, History
    Senior Lecturer, History
    Phone: 206-389-4615
    Building/Room: Rianna 108

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    Teaching and Research Interests

    Modern Europe, modern Germany, social and religious history.

    Biography

    I grew up in the Seattle area, received my Bachelor’s Degree in history at the University of Washington, and completed my M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Kentucky, specializing in modern Europe, modern Germany, and religious and social history. My earlier research explored the dynamics of German Protestant church politics at the beginning of the twentieth century, but more recently I have been investigating the connections and disconnections between German liberal Protestant thought and Nazi conceptions of Christianity. Most of the courses I teach, including core courses, examine how religion has contributed to peace or conflict in various contexts. I also direct Seattle University’s Faith and the Great Ideas Core Academic Program and serve on the editorial board of the Association of Contemporary Church Historians Quarterly. At home, I enjoy spending time with my family (my wife and I have three teenage children), as well as hiking, biking, reading, gardening, and baking slow-rise, wild-yeast artisan breads.