Our People

Craig Blatz

Associate Professor, Psychology

PhD (Waterloo), BA Honours (Alberta)

6-323J, City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB


Dr. Blatz has been at MacEwan University since 2010. Dr. Blatz is an empirical social psychologist who is passionate about the insights provided by submitting important social questions to empirical analysis. Very related to this, Dr. Blatz teaches social psychology and research methods at the introductory and advanced levels. He has a very active research lab which engages students studying a diverse range of topics. The common theme of much, though not all, of this research is political psychology, examining how collective policies shape individual psychology, and how core motivations shape political beliefs. Topics studied include, but are not limited to, multiculturalism, collective protest, group apology, political polarization, perceptions of political opponents, negotiations, and the epistemic and existential origins of political beliefs. Dr. Blatz approaches all of these questions from diverse perspectives, including conservative, liberal, libertarian, and whatever other perspective provides new ideas and potential insights.

Available to supervise senior students' independent study.

Multiculturalism, political apology, political polarization, collective protest, stereotyping and discrimation

Selected Publications / Presentations / Conference Papers

  • Blatz, C. W., Schumann, K., & Ross, M. (2009). Government apologies for historical injustices. Political Psychology, 30, 219-241.
  • Blatz, C. W., & Ross, M. (2009). Principled ideology or racism: Why do modern racists oppose race-based social justice programs? Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45, 258-261. 
  • Kay, A. C., Shepherd, S., Blatz, C. W., Ning-Chau, S., & Galinsky, A. D. (2010). For God (or) country: The hydraulic relations between government instability and belief in religious sources of control. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 99, 725-739.
  • Blatz, C. W., & Philpot, C. (2010). On the outcomes of intergroup apology: A review. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 4, 995-1007.
  • Blatz, C. W., Day, M., & Schryer, E. (in press). Official public apologies improve victim group members’ evaluations of the perpetrator group. Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science.