Richard “Rick” Spence received his doctorate in history from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1981. He has taught at the University of Idaho since 1986, and he is a tenured full professor of history. He specializes in Russian intelligence and military history, and his course offerings include Modern Espionage, Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust, History of Secret Societies and the Occult in History.
Spence’s published works include “Boris Savinkov: Renegade on the Left” (East European Monographs/Columbia Univ. Press, 1991), “Trust No One: The Secret World of Sidney Reilly” (Feral House, 2002) and “Secret Agent 666: Aleister Crowley, British Intelligence and the Occult” (Feral House, 2008). He is also the author of numerous articles in Revolutionary Russia, Intelligence and National Security, International Journal of Intelligence and CounterIntelligence, The Historian, New Dawn and other publications. He has served as a commentator/consultant for the History Channel and the International Spy Museum and was a key consultant-interviewee for the Russian Cultural Foundation’s 2007 documentary film, “Leon Trotsky: The Secret of World Revolution,” and its subsequent “Trap for the Tsar.”