Fr. Spicer’s research centers on the relationship between the Roman Catholic Church and the German state under National Socialism. Currently, he is writing a monograph on the relationship of Jews and Catholics under Nazi rule. He is the author of Hitler’s Priests: Catholic Clergy and National Socialism (North Illinois University Press, 2008) and Resisting the Third Reich: The Catholic Clergy in Hitler’s Berlin(North Illinois University Press, 2004) and editor of Antisemitism, Christian Ambivalence, and the Holocaust (Indiana University Press, 2007). He has also published articles in a variety of journals including Church History, Historisches Jahrbuch, and Holocaust and Genocide Studies.
Spicer is a board member of the Council of Centers on Jewish-Christian Relations (CCJR) and co-editor of its journal Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations. At Stonehill, Spicer chairs the college’s Catholic-Jewish Dialogue Committee. He is also a member of the Committee on Ethics, Religion, and the Holocaust of the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
- B.A. Stonehill College
- M.Div. University of St. Michael's College
- M.A. Boston College
- Ph.D. Boston College
- Adolf Hitler & Nazi Germany
- The Christian Churches in Nazi Germany
- European Seminar: Topical
- The Holocaust
- Western Civilization I
- Western Civilization II