Blake Riek

Blake Riek


Professor Riek is a social psychologist currently teaching Social Psychology (310) and Introduction to Psychology (151). He grew up in Johnson City, New York and received his BA in psychology from the State University of New York, College at Geneseo. He then received his MA and PhD from the University of Delaware.

Dr. Riek’s has two major lines of research. He is interested in studying the causes of prejudice and bias and finding ways to reduce them. His other line of research focuses on the psychology of forgiveness. Dr. Riek enjoys working with students on research and typically collaborates with student research assistants each semester.

Read more about Dr. Riek's research on forgiveness.


Riek, B.M. & DeWit, C.* (revision under review). Age-Related Trends in Forgiveness Seeking. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

da Silva, S. P., vanOyen Witvliet, C., & Riek, B. (2017). Self-forgiveness and forgiveness-seeking in response to rumination: Cardiac and emotional responses of transgressors. The Journal of Positive Psychology, 12, 362-372.

Riek, B.M., Luna, L.R., & Schnabelrauch, C.* (2014). Transgressors’ guilt and shame: A longitudinal examination of forgiveness seeking. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 31, 751-772.

Riek, B. M., Mania, E. W., & Gaertner, S. L. (2013). Reverse subtyping: The effects of prejudice level on the subtyping of counterstereotypic outgroup members. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 35(5), 409-417.

Riek, B. M., & Mania, E. W. (2012). The antecedents and consequences of interpersonal forgiveness: A meta-analytic review. Personal Relationships, 19, 304-325.

Riek, B. M. (2010). Transgressions, guilt, and forgiveness: A model of seeking forgiveness. Journal of Psychology and Theology, 38, 246-254

Riek, B. M., Mania, E. W., Gaertner, S. L., Direso, S., & Lamoreaux, M. J. (2010). The relationship between a common ingroup identity and intergroup threat. Group Processes and Intergroup Relation, 13, 403-423.

Learn more about Calvin's excellent faculty and learning environment by scheduling a campus visit.

Visit »

  • Course code:
  • Credits:
  • Semester:
  • Department: